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Importance of hard drive partial metal enclosure.

If a newer hard drive won't fit snugly in the partial metal enclosure that should fit in the plastic holder and guide, can it be discarded without any impact to the drive? What purpose does the partial metal cover serve?

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    Alrick Elliott Sep 27, 2008

    Thanks for your knowledge and for being there.


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To my knowledge, the purposes are:

  • spacer, since not all harddrives have exactly identical dimensions and replacement may differ. The manufacturers of the laptop to ensure that all would fit makes the space big enough for the biggest and insert spacer to compensate with the slightly smaller models;
  • heat shield, as the name implies puts a stop gap between the physical closeness of two heat sources so as not to contribute to the temp of the other, hard disk and motherboard/casing.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

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