I think most of your questions are answered in the original thread.
Yes you're right. I forgot about that since it was a while since I read the whole thread.
I used 3 coolpacks, they are about 1 cm thick, 19.5 x 11 cm.
My local stores didn't have any coolpacks at a good enough size
I'm going to do an online order from a swedish medical company. They have 24x24 cm and 12x24 cm. Hmmm.. I don't know if I should go for three 24x12 (almost like you) or if I should go for one 24x24 + one 24x12.
The foam is very important, it keeps everything tightly packed. The drive will not be silenced without it. I doubt that it has much effect on temperature.
Ok. But how did you managed to squeeze in a piece of foam in there with 3 coolpacks ?
The enclosure is 55 mm outside and only 46mm inside. A harddrive is 25 mm thick. That only leaves 21 mm for the coolpacks (7 mm for each).
Is the foam only there to make sure everything fits tightly or is there to do actual damping by design ? Did you only use foam on the top side (like in the picture above) ?
By the way, which side of hdd is more important cool: metal-side or circuitry-side ?
I noticed that someone used a dremel to make the cable slot, but it is probably more easily and accurately done by hand with a small file.
Good. I was planning on using a small file since a dremel or a nibbler seems to be more suited for larger cuts.