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Dell Inspiron 400 - WD Caviar Blue 640gb 58°C !!!!

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Hello all, a friend of mine has been experiencing blue screens on her

due to what I believe is a faulty HDD (WD6400AAKS-75A7B2 640GB -http://buythispart.com/product.php?productid=17727) At start up the HDD idles at 54°C and climbs to 56°C within 5 minutes of idle. Shortly after a few google searches we hit 58°C. I've run HDTUNE and chkdsk for bad sectors and drive health and it has a clean bill. KEEP IN MIND this HDD is in a Dell computer.... a small micro case however, I'd expect around 32-38C not 58C !!!

My first thoughts are to pry this little bugger open and put in a 5400RPM drive for heat reasons...

I'm open to any other suggestions such as Send it back to Dell or See what WesternDigital will do... (Re work it and send it back :X)

Thank you all so much for your advice, I can provide HWMonitor and HDTune SS's if needed but take my word for it... the bugger hits 58C without hesitation.
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is there a way to use a double sided tape and mount a small fan next to it?......is there an extra fan header on the mobo?
    
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I'd put in a fan long before replacing the entire drive with a low performance alternative.

Most retail brand PC's simply chuck a drive in there without concern for airflow, therefore these kind of temps are not surprising. Also, when was the last time the PC was dusted out?
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The Zino HD 400s are notorious for overheating. Definitely get some sort of cooling, not just on the hard drive, but the computer in general.
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What form of cooling do you guys recommend ? I mean Western Digitals operating max temp is 60C. Are we talking a desktop fan behind it ? I'm not sure this case will leave me a lot of room to work with internally so I'm thinking a draw heat setup would suffice but only at about 5C in temp decrease... I could try some serious HDD heatsyncs. I will have this PC at my shop in about 3 weeks to see what room I have to work with as far as additional cooling

@Vlasov_581; I doubt there's an additional fan header available but I hope there is...

@beers; I'm thinking it hasn't been dusted since 2008 ?
Edited by epitek - 2/20/11 at 11:54pm
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Thank you guys so much for the quick tips, we were able to drop it down to 45C after much dusting and opening the media bay with a fan directly on it. Once the pc arrives here at my shop I'll be able to get in there and drop it another 10C hopefully.
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