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The Mad Monk
10-12-2003, 06:25:39
I bought a couple WD 80 gigs HDs a few weeks back, and I noticed that both to appear to be running hot -- not warm, hot.

Is this normal for modern drives?

Sir Penguin
10-12-2003, 07:41:15
If you can hold skin to it for a few seconds without it peeling off, then you're probably OK.

SP

Asher
10-12-2003, 07:53:49
The cooler the run the longer they last.

Buy a HD cooler if you're concerned.

Asher
10-12-2003, 07:57:36
Like this:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=35-888-104&catalog=62&depa=1

http://images10.newegg.com/productimage/35-888-104-05.JPG

Keeps lots of the heat away & improves case airflow.

Asher
10-12-2003, 08:00:00
Though this baby is your best bet:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=35-888-401&catalog=62&depa=1


Directly cools a single harddrive. Very cool. Pun intended.

http://images10.newegg.com/productimage/35-888-401-03.JPG

Even has two temperature sensors (drive & case) and a display for them. :gasmaske:

Sir Penguin
10-12-2003, 08:40:24
They last longer when they're cool, but the question is whether or not it's worth spending an extra $60 on things you're probably going to replace long before they enter the danger zone.

For me, the answer is yes, but some people might disagree. :)

SP

The Mad Monk
10-12-2003, 08:51:06
Cool -- I was thinking of something like that drive bay cooler.

Thanks! :)

Asher
10-12-2003, 09:48:04
Originally posted by Sir Penguin
They last longer when they're cool, but the question is whether or not it's worth spending an extra $60 on things you're probably going to replace long before they enter the danger zone.

For me, the answer is yes, but some people might disagree. :)

SP
Most of the ones on newegg are $5, not $60. :D

My main problem is noise.

My computer is virtually noiseless and I'll be damned if I add more fans to it to ruin that.

Sir Penguin
10-12-2003, 09:56:12
By $60 I meant one of these (http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=35-888-401&catalog=62&depa=1) for each of the hard drives.

SP

Asher
10-12-2003, 10:01:13
You save twelve bucks if you buy it with a light tube though: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?DEPA=&sumit=Go&description=00%2D700%2D001&searchdepa=0

:D

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
10-12-2003, 17:17:18
You can get a water cooling system for your entire PC, and bung in a HDD water cooling attachment. I plan on doing that when I'm rich.

The Mad Monk
10-12-2003, 22:36:22
I'm thinking of buying an old vacuum cleaner hose and a board, drilling a hole in the board, sticking the hose through it and mounting the thing in a window to pipe winter air straight to my drives.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
10-12-2003, 23:38:01
Not a good idea, unless you condition the air first to remove moisture. Condensation will kill your HDD faster than heat will.

Jeratain
10-12-2003, 23:47:41
http://images10.newegg.com/productimage/11-129-115-06.JPG
There's a fan right where you would put the hard drives which blows air towards them. Simple and quiet. It may not be as great at cooling as the others though...

Sir Penguin
11-12-2003, 02:28:56
That case is taller than I am!

SP

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
11-12-2003, 17:10:32
Hey! That's my case! Course, I've got water cooling stuff inside it, and a damn great radiator on the top, but that's it. It's a Cheiftec based case, if I'm not mistaken - lots of case sellers by them as base models and modify them. Nice modular design.

Jeratain
11-12-2003, 20:44:16
That one is an Antec, but you're right, lots do use them and modify them. It's the one I bought for my system and I love it!

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
11-12-2003, 23:31:10
I love mine too, all the more so becuase it was free (a $240 saving!)

Jeratain
12-12-2003, 06:41:49
Lucky. I had to pay 112 bucks for mine with the PSU... but worth every penny.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
12-12-2003, 16:28:00
Absolutely. My coworker, who DID fork out the $240, loves his.

Zopperoni
13-12-2003, 19:26:19
My hard disk runs on a temperature of ~30 C (like the rest of my system).

DevilsH@lo
13-12-2003, 23:34:39
I think safe is between 40 and 80 degree`s, you don`t want it too cool or the bearing grease becomes more of a drag factor than a lubricant, although i have only ever heard of that with someone putting a peltier unit directly below the spindle.

You could try this http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php if you want to monitor the temps your harddrives are running at, make sure your mobo is supported before hand though or its useless and drives need smart fitted and enabled, almost all do now.