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In my sig rig I have a WD Caviar Black (as you can see) as a backup. And thats all it's used for. I don't access any info from it at all. All it does is sit there and do nothing. It has Windows 7 backup files there and one other flash drive back up file on it.

So my Q is why is it hot like its been running? And it feels like its spinning. I've noticed this lately.
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i think yours fine, i have the 1tb version and it runs a tad hot but i put fans on it and it has a slight hum when i put my hand on it
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Yeah, I know they run hot, when theyre supposed to be running. I even have two passive cooling heatsinks on it. I guess my main question is why is it even running at all?
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post #4 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post

Yeah, I know they run hot, when theyre supposed to be running. I even have two passive cooling heatsinks on it. I guess my main question is why is it even running at all?
HDDs don't tend to go into sleep.. They'll spin down but they'll still be running.
post #5 of 14
maybe its getting heat from ambients of other drives/devices close to it.. thats all i can think of if its not running.. but if its running while not in use i think you have to set it so it hibernates is one possibility.. i know which my blacks in my NAS i can do that but they have been running 24/7 for a good 10months and temps have never gone over 50*C and in a small encloser and going strong so i think you have nothing to worry about..

PS: since you have passive cooling and the heatsinks are hot i assume is also a good sign they are working... smile.gif
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post #6 of 14
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Well it prolly isn't more than 25-30 C*, but I guess I just figure it shouldn't be running unless is use. But like Eagle said, perhaps they never shut down. Although i am 95% sure that other times (recently like within a month) i've tested it and it was perfectly cool and quiet.
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post #7 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post

Well it prolly isn't more than 25-30 C*, but I guess I just figure it shouldn't be running unless is use. But like Eagle said, perhaps they never shut down. Although i am 95% sure that other times (recently like within a month) i've tested it and it was perfectly cool and quiet.

maybe a change in windows settings. mine did that one time, wasn't fun waiting for my slow hdd to spin up again.
post #8 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post

Well it prolly isn't more than 25-30 C*, but I guess I just figure it shouldn't be running unless is use. But like Eagle said, perhaps they never shut down. Although i am 95% sure that other times (recently like within a month) i've tested it and it was perfectly cool and quiet.

well i wouldnt worry at thoose temps smile.gif yeah Eagle has a point as while there is power connected then they will produce some heat.. nothing to worry about thumb.gif
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post #9 of 14
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Youre probably right, LOL, but I'm OCD so I'll probably just unplug it or something until I need to do a back up.... My Bullydozer gives off enough heat as it is and its starting to be summer here... HOT devil.gif
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tell me about it, im sitting in 34*C atm, phewwwwwwww.. LOL
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