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is it possible to remove the outside heatsink from these drives? i would like to be able to install it into a 2.5'' hdd cage. my plans are to use this drive with ssd cacheing.
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You can remove it but those Velociraptor drives are a little bigger than 2.5 drives. Thick wise I think
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Yes, I have done that with a couple of my raptors.

I think you need a T8 torx driver, you will void the warranty because one of the bolts is under the warranty sticker. Remove 4 for the drive, 2 for the 3.5" adapter and slowly angle it out so you can slide the 3.5" SATA adapter off.
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You can remove it but those Velociraptor drives are a little bigger than 2.5 drives. Thick wise I think

i dont think thicker will really affect my haf xb cage......theres plenty of room in there. i was more concerned with the removal of the heatsink.
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You can remove them, but I don't think that would be the best choice. They are 10,000 RPM drives, so they do generate quite a bit of heat, relatively. The extra heat may cause a shortened lifespan and increased rate of failure. Heatsink is there for a reason. Just my opinion though.
     
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i dont think thicker will really affect my haf xb cage......theres plenty of room in there. i was more concerned with the removal of the heatsink.

So why would you wanna remove it anyways if you're just gonna stick it in a cage in a desktop PC? Usually people take it out thinking they could stick it in their laptop to find out it's thicker than your normal 2.5 drive.
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So why would you wanna remove it anyways if you're just gonna stick it in a cage in a desktop PC? Usually people take it out thinking they could stick it in their laptop to find out it's thicker than your normal 2.5 drive.


right now im just trying to figure out how to work it into the case. the coolermaster haf xb hdd setup is just crap.the only options for 3.5 are two hot swap bay's. i'm more worried about heat issues because they're in an area where i cant get airflow to.

i do have one open 5.25 drive bay,but i would have to figure out a way to secure it. maybe something like a 5.25 drive bay cooler? it seems they dont really have that many options for these kind of applications?
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The hard drives don't run that hot and so long as there is any airflow you'll be fine.....of course, they would be slightly better with the "icepack" heatsink, but once you separate the drive, if you do, you'll notice that the contact pads are only about 1.5 square centimeters......almost useless.
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post #9 of 12
You don't need to worry about the temps that much, the drives run pretty cool actually.
My Velociraptor usualy sat in the low 30s, even if it were another 10c+ or so thats absolutely fine.

Just use whatever 3.5" bays or 5.25" bays you have already, it doesn't make sense to void the drive's warranty for something like that IMO.
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You don't need to worry about the temps that much, the drives run pretty cool actually.
My Velociraptor usualy sat in the low 30s, even if it were another 10c+ or so thats absolutely fine.

Just use whatever 3.5" bays or 5.25" bays you have already, it doesn't make sense to void the drive's warranty for something like that IMO.

well this sounds like the plan. i guess ill do some searching around on some 5.25 drive bay mounts that will work with this case. if theres any good links or places to find this hardware, feel free to help out.thx
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