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Any Internal HDD that does not have the PCB exposed?

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Nowadays notebook hd in laptop, ssd hd, sound cards, video card, motherboards, car engines, all have covers. I don't know why 3.5 inch drive does not.

I had 2 hard drive that died because of mishandling. One caught on fire, the other one I think the smooth chip got shorted and then the head keep clicking.

They were all prefect in the SMART status..

As to Seagate Barracude IV 80GB, you mean like this? (I briefly searched google but could not find anything much)

hdd-back-s.jpg

Its hard to find pictures of the pcb side of the HD. I guess it has to be 'server/industrial' grade for the pcb to be protected..

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Those shields served multiple purposes, including handling protection and acoustics reduction. They really aren't seen much anymore (at least not amongst desktop drives that I can remember) because of cost (and some other design issues, like heat and space).

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