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Hello all, I am having problems with my HTPC lately. It has crashed twice this week, I've narrowed it down to the hard drive overheating. I have a gateway sx2840-01, and ive installed some software to read the hard drive temp and its hovering around 57-58C. Cooling on the HDD is passive. I know thats hot and Ive even offloaded all of my media to external drives when in use. Theres not alot of room in the case to install a fan, is there any other option?

The drive I have in there is a 7200rpm 1tb seagate, should I just install a slower drive, like a 5400 green drive? I mainly use it to record shows and download & watch torrents (but now I use a external drive for that) and stream netflix.

Thanks for any help given

Here are the inside pics from newegg: http://tinyurl.com/44mtb54
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Green HDD are okay for anything minus boot drive.
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Originally Posted by trumpet-205;15348722 
Green HDD are okay for anything minus boot drive.

well im not too sure what to do at this point, maybe a smaller drive or take out the dvd drive and install a 120mm fan.
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How about buying an e-sata enclosure and running it externally outside of the case?
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Originally Posted by daveojr77;15362638 
well im not too sure what to do at this point, maybe a smaller drive or take out the dvd drive and install a 120mm fan.

Eew... That looks like it should get nice and toasty. If I were you I would do what you mentioned and get rid of your dvd drive and get a fan. Drill some holes (or one massive circle with a fan grill) and attach it to the case door.
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How about buying an e-sata enclosure and running it externally outside of the case?
Well Ive got an external with eSata already, would that work?
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Eew... That looks like it should get nice and toasty. If I were you I would do what you mentioned and get rid of your dvd drive and get a fan. Drill some holes (or one massive circle with a fan grill) and attach it to the case door.

Yeah, I really dont need my dvd drive, I have 2 slim external drives on standby anyway. Now to find out how to hook this up, maybe ill be good with just som zip cables. Anyone recommend a good 3 or 4pin 120mm fan from newegg?
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Well Ive got an external with eSata already, would that work?

You could use that as an os drive, just make a small partition for windows. The rest for your media.
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Originally Posted by daveojr77;15371406 
Yeah, I really dont need my dvd drive, I have 2 slim external drives on standby anyway. Now to find out how to hook this up, maybe ill be good with just som zip cables. Anyone recommend a good 3 or 4pin 120mm fan from newegg?

Any cheap 120mm fan would do the job. But if your looking for a more quiet HTPC, make sure you check the DB ratings of the fan you buy.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150007

I bought 10 of those a year or two ago. They aren't the quietest but they do pretty good for their price.
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