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has anyone ever done a mod where you put a fan on your external harddrive, particularily western digital my book?

i did one before on my maxtor external, it use to get so hot when i left it on, i cut w hole in it and put a fan on it, and tapped the power from the plug where you plug in the power.

but that was easy because the maxtor external is ugly and very flat so easy to mod

the my book looks clean, i don't really know where i should put the fan, if i should even put one at all. i just bought one, and in my experience, if you leave the externals on for a long time they tend to get pretty hot.
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Hard drives are designed to get hot. *shrug*
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heat is the #1 killer of hdds, i read somewhere
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No too cold causes more faliures etc, keeping them toasty helps their lives.
It was a News Topic on here not so long ago
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No too cold causes more faliures etc, keeping them toasty helps their lives.
It was a News Topic on here not so long ago
Yes, because the motor has oil in it and when it's hot the oil is liquidy but if it's cold the oil becomes thick and harms the motor.
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post #6 of 14
Google did some tests on their server drives and found that the ones that were kept at higher temps and used more often had lower failure rates than the cooler/less used ones
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I keep my external hard drive somewhere beside or somewhere unde my rig. I have heat coming out of my rig and leaving it on top of my case will make my EXHDD hotter than leaving it beside or somewhere else.

Hot raises while cold air moves down,
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post #8 of 14
As everyone has said, Hd's are ment to be kept pretty warm. Obviously if its boiling hot than that is overkill. If your worried about the temps then you should check the temps to make sure that it is out of specs. Use Speedfan to check it, then click "preform an online evaluation" or whatever. That will tell you the temp of your hard drive, plus the min and max for the drive.

If it is too hot then you can just put any fan on it. Even a little air moving over it will help drasticaly. I wouldnt go to extreems by cutting a hole in the enclsure. I have the Antec 900 case so I just set my external drives on top of the fan on the top of the case. It works wonders and drops the temps tremendously. I would recomend just buying any small little fan from wal-mart and point it at the enclosure.
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post #9 of 14
just put a room fan next to it
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post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Yraen View Post
Hard drives are designed to get hot. *shrug*
Yup. But too hot is too hot. So if you've hot a drive that's hot to the touch, I'd cool it.

On the other hand, stagnent heat is dangerous. You should always have airflow. I'm kind of off the subject of Ext drives...
    
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