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Hard Disk Cooling - Why?

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Crucial

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#1
Hello people,

I'v just been having a browse of Scan Computers.

http://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly/index.htm

They have a 'Icy Dock IDE Racks' what would be the advantage of cooling your hard drive, realistically. Do any of you bother?

I'm also considering getting a new case, things in my room are always running a bit hot, my PC included. I 'don't' want to spend £150, £100 at tops. What do people recommend?

Cheers and beers.
 
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Crucial

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#2
Originally posted by catch23
I wouldn't bother with a big expensive rack...I have a cheap cooling device, which mounts to my hard drive, and has two 40mm fans blowing down onto it...it keeps it cool enough.
And the advantage of having the H/D's cooled? Longativaty of life? Peace of mind? Run out of other things to upgrade? I looking for a 'you should consider cooling your H/D's if...' or 'its well worth it because ....' or even 'don't waste you money on that, have you considered....'

:D
 
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Kezzas

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#3
Its unproven but coooling the hdd should make it last longer. Dont bother getting one if you have a hdd that runs at 5200rpm.

To cool a hdd you dont need much. just something like a little bit of air flow over the top of the metal plate. (just like catch's, 2x 40mm fans is enough).

Ric
 
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Crucial

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#5
Originally posted by catch23
I don't have anything on my 5400rpm WD drive...but I do have that device on my 7200rpm Maxtor...it does get hot...and yes, I did give you advice...it's just not in a simple sentence that comes out and says "here's what you do"
Sorry, was just looking for both advice and an explination. I wan't meaning to give offence. Your replys along with everyone else's appreciated.
 
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Crucial

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#6
Originally posted by catch23
I don't have anything on my 5400rpm WD drive...but I do have that device on my 7200rpm Maxtor...it does get hot...and yes, I did give you advice...it's just not in a simple sentence that comes out and says "here's what you do"
Sorry, was just looking for both advice and an explination. I wan't meaning to give offence. Your replys along with everyone else's appreciated.
 
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[CpK]Bastid

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#7
5400rpm drive----no need for hdd cooler
7200rpm-----start considering
10000rpm/15000rpm-------definitely get a cooler

simple explanation heat=bad for components:)
 
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stuy_b

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#9
Yea. for anything over 7200rpm.. you should really get cooling . I have two Maxtor D740X ATA133 drives, and they do get hot. I have a 80mm fan sat directly infront of them sucking cool air in straight over them, they still get warm.. but the heat gets blown away quickly, I can rest easy. :D
 
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HaxCode

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#10
120mm - overkill perhaps.....

I have two Quantum 40g 7200rpm drives in Raid 0 and two other drives running off the MB that are also 7200 RPM. I have one 120mm fan blowing directly across the two in raid and another one sitting in front of my 5 1/4 bay sucking air over the two other drives....then I have a 90mm blowing in the middle of my cd-roms.....then I have a 120mm cut out on the top of my case and it is sucking air in.....oh and I have a 60mm on my vid card and a 90mm blowing in from the back.....so everything goes up up and away....yes, I had too much time on my hands, extra fans, and a gift certificate for Home Depot...for power tools.......


:D

Hax


oh, and I have a little switch on the front of my case than can have all of these fans either at 12v, 6v or off.....(think I got that right)....
 
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stuy_b

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#11
mind you dont get a negative air flow.. (too much sucking in.. in & outs should be equal..with out slightly more than in)
 
#12
Re: 120mm - overkill perhaps.....

Originally posted by HaxCode
then I have a 90mm blowing in the middle of my cd-roms.....
You cool your cd-roms? That's overkill. And you should really get more blow (out) than suck (in). Better blow out the hot air then just mix in cold air.
 
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HaxCode

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#13
120mm at top runs faster than the rest......more goes out than in....I'm an Engineer-to-be so I kinda figured the total CFM myself :-D



Hax
 
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HaxCode

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#15
soooo...

If I had 2 10,000 SCSI RAID-0 drives you are saying that a cooler for them would be unnecessary? I have a server that runs my web/ftp experiements for work and I have both drives cooled with a nice little 80mm fan blowing accross them from the front of the case.......



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