ive always wonderered about those enclosed drives being cheaper…
it now seems that if a hard drive manufacturer makes say 1000 drives a week
and if the makers of a single-enclosure unit make 1000 enclosures a week,
then each maker is having a certain amount of product that they are selling and shipping out.
and generally speaking, a basic user / home consumer, will only really buy a drive when they need it, or single-drive enclosure when they need it. (sure some might buy 1 or 2 extra drives, and maybe re-use the same stand-alone enclosure with all of the drives depending on how they are planning on using things)
so then if the enclosure company goes to the hard drive makers, and says hey i’ll buy 1000 drives off you a week, the hard drive company will probably say “thanks very much” - heres a 75% of the cost, deal, for your bulk purchase (which means selling a lot more than they might sell in one go) but the enclosure company has to promise to only sell them as part of a bundle and not to resell individually to undercut the drive manufacturer.
(this will probably suit the enclosure company as they can then ship off multiple units of their product, to multiple people, and even multiple enclosures to the same people)
so even if some hardware manufacturers never sell to the public, and only to distributors etc, the above is probably what happens in theory, hence why the bundles drives can be cheaper
btw maybe a TEG hooked up to a mini fan could be useful in some way michael