Back from the dead one year later....
I live in New England (some cold winters) and need help picking out a drive. I am trying to avoid any 12V components in the system. I would prefer a laptop hard drive but want to avoid the fluid drive bearing problems in extreme cold.
Despite spending many hours on the boards and checking manufacturer's spec sheets, I can NOT find a single laptop hard drive that doesn't have FDBs.
1) Is anyone using a laptop hard drive without fluid drive bearings? If so, what is the model number?
2) If I go with a USB 2.0 external hard drive, will it use 5V (by virtue of using USB power) or is it possible it will still use 12V? Also, if anyone is using an external drive that has served them well, please list the model number.