Faster USB under Windows; vibration; heat
So, you can install a USB driver to give faster access under WIndows. Begs the question: does this then give better performance under MacOS and Linux, or are they just better written in the first place so there is no NEED for third party code? Can you do a comparison of transfer speed with the other OSs please?
As to vibration, in my experience 3.5" external hard discs can cause annoying vibrations which are often heard as much as felt. I have a rubber pad under mine to cut down on them. So it IS an issue; whether the thin coating on the faces of this drive damps it significantly is a moot point.
Rubber isn't a very good conductor of heat - I wonder how much the casing raises the temperature of the drive compared with a metal enclosure?