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post #1 of 20
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You may not have had problems directly due to the heat a hard drive kicks out but one of the reasons why they are so prone to their short life and failures is simply the heat, hard drives usually run at 40 - 50C.

Anyway I got a Raptor X (the fastest SATA drive and only one with a built in window) the other day and have just been fiddling around with it on this pc, I was running diagnostic tests so I could watch the seek head fly around and monitored the temperature on the pc, it reached 48C without any cooling, so I whacked this little beauty on and it's cut down the temperature by 17C!
It's now running at a safe 31C.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835888105

Only $6.99

Cheap and very effective, I hope this helps.
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post #2 of 20
word. got some for my rig and these silly beasts are now cool to the touch
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post #3 of 20
Newegg has that for $5 or something
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post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by blade19 View Post
word. got some for my rig and these silly beasts are now cool to the touch
How it should be.
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post #5 of 20
Contrary to popular belief, heat is not what kills the harddrive, it's the constant powering on and off of it!
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post #6 of 20
Yeah I got a hd cooler a while back off of ebay and yeah they work great.
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post #7 of 20
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Newegg sell it for $6.99

Review from newegg..

"This product works GREAT! I have a WD 74GB Raptor boot drive and boy does it get HOT! I literally burned myself on it from touching it. My computer kept rebooting itself with the thermal protection auto shut down when it kept overheating. It was annoying as you can imagine. I was ready to get rid of the Raptor drive and go with something that runs cooler, when I came accross this product and thought I would take a chance for the price. After installing it, I can tell you that it is now VERY cool and it never overheats and shuts down anymore. Unbelievable difference! I would highly recommend this product and would not dare use a Raptor or any other drive that runs hot without it!"
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post #8 of 20
i recenty switched to a older case i put my 2 hds in cdrom bays 1 drive runs at 38c one runs at 20c. Its funny my case temps don't even drop to 20c in the old case both drives stayed around 40-45.
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post #9 of 20
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Contrary to popular belief, heat is not what kills the harddrive, it's the constant powering on and off of it!
Heat obviously has an affect on the life of the drive, too.
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post #10 of 20
A seldom overlooked issue with shortening the life of a HDD is the PS!
Weak rails surmount to the the analogy of slowly starving a person to death!
Electric motors main detriment is voltage... or the lack of and can and will cause them to run hotter and degrade the motors ability to the point of failure!
    
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