I'm using the simple IDE plastic bays like this one:
I've got two of the bays in my case right now. I'm using IBM 75GXP 7200 rpm drives inside one of them. The other is empty most of the time but sometimes takes another 75GXP. They work fine but now that I'm trying to quiet the system down, I'm thinking of changing them out. First, each bay has a small, somewhat noisy 40 mm fan in the back to keep the drive from overheating. Second, the fans run even if the bay is empty. Looking at how the bay is built I'm not certain the fan is offering a large amout of cooling to the drive anyway. I've looked around a bit and have not found any removeable bays without a fan. I need both bays to be removeable for the work I do, so I'm looking for suggestions on replacing/modifiying.
1. Any removeable drive bays out there without a fan?
2. If not, would it be safe to remove, replace or undervolt it ? (I imagine this would work better with an aluminum bay rather then a plastic one).
3. Any recommendations on a model you've found to be quiet?