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Hey guys, I'm about to take everything out of my old case and put it in my new Corsair 750D and I had a question about HDD cooling. I only have one Samsung F3 Spinpoint I use for storage and it seems a waste to keep the removalable HDD Rack inside the case and it takes up a fan spot. The only other thing I can do at this point is mount the HDD in the Optical Drive Bay with some spare Rosewill brackets I have. However, doing this will block the HHD from air blowing directly onto it and the cooling will essentially rely on the ambient temps in my case. Is it safe to do this or should I suck it up and use the HDD Rack which places the HHD right in front of a 140mm Fan.
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post #2 of 5
HDDs dissipate most of their heat through the sides, where the mounting contacts the metal of the HDD cage..

There were some studies a year or so ago that showed that HDDs have the least failures if run at the top end of their temp spec instead of cooler.

You can always add a fan inside the case to direct air at the HDD.
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Only problem is I spent around $100+ on Noctua PWM Fans to have a "Silent PC" and I can't find any small fans that would fit inside the cage and not make a lot of noise.

It's also interesting that they have less failures if running at the upper spectrum, but I'm just afraid it might get too hot and go beyond the threshold.
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Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler Windows 8.1 Pro ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q 27" 144Hz G-SYNC Gaming M... ASUS PB278Q 27" 60 Hz WQHD PLS LED Monitor 
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Ducky Shine 3 Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry M... Enermax Revolution85+ 920w Power Supply  Corsair Obsidian 750D ATX Full Tower Computer ... Razer DeathAdder 2013 Gaming Mouse 
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post #4 of 5
It should be fine, the general air flow in your case should keep them cool. Why not try it out, have a look at the hard drive temperatures and see if they get too high?

I think it would be fine though.
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post #5 of 5
As already said. No problem. Samsung say operating temp for your drive is 0-60c. I like to see 35-45c.wink.gif
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