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Hi,

I just got a new router with a USB port on it, and I ended up plugging my Western Digital MyBook to it. I was wondering if it would be necessary to add a fan to blow air to/from it since it will be on all the time? If I do use a fan, I was either planning to have it blow air towards the back or put it on top and blow the air up, does having it one way or the other work better at cooling?

Thanks
post #2 of 6
I believe external harddrives will not be spinning unless data is actively being called from it, I doubt you will be calling data from it all the time so I believe you should be alright. If it seems to be getting hot a lot of the time then that is a different matter and you should then consider cooling.
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post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by benpack101 View Post

I believe external harddrives will not be spinning unless data is actively being called from it, I doubt you will be calling data from it all the time so I believe you should be alright. If it seems to be getting hot a lot of the time then that is a different matter and you should then consider cooling.

As far as I know, the light on it is blinking quite often, not sure if that means if there is activity or not. I was planning on doing it as a safety measure, but I'm not sure if I should bother or where to place it. Thanks for the info though
post #4 of 6
Well the best way to see if heat is a problem, get a temperature reading as best as you can inside of the casing. From there use basic common sense for how to keep it cool, open space, not on carpet, good air flow in the room.

I would say if you are going to add a fan, put it below the drive, heat rises.

Hope it all works out well!
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post #5 of 6
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A fan at the bottom would be ideal, but for that, I'll have to make something for it.
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A fan at the bottom would be ideal, but for that, I'll have to make something for it.

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