I'm shopping for new hard drives and all the stores (Amazon, Overstock, Newegg, etc.) now show product pictures like this:
I can find no information in the product descriptions or in Google searches stating that this is just another marketing gimmick and that the drives really are enclosed.
Here's an example hard drive page on Amazon.
The replacement drives are to go into an external array (Drobo) that blows unfiltered air over its drives. Last I heard, even the tiniest bit of dust can trash drive components, but maybe technology has changed on me again?
- Is dust no longer a concern for 2 and 3 TB drives?
- Are these units really covered? I don't want to spend a few hundred bucks to order them before knowing.
- If they really are covered, what reason would a marketing team have to only show pictures of the guts?
- If they are not covered, how do I buy one that is?