Hi, I was wondering if I were to use an internal hard drive but just lay it on a hard surface, would this affect the performance of the drive? Or is it better to get a hard drive enclosure? I want to know specifically if it will hard the drive. Thanks.
You could run it on the desk but I wouldn't recommend it for anything other than short periods. Its open for one thing, you could touch it and static could effect it and of course with the spinning disk the vibration would just feed back into it unless you put it on some sort of absorbing surface. So as far as I am concerned it will eventually effect the drive and you're better either fitting it internally as a second hard drive or buying an enclosure. More to protect it than anything else.