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I replaced my media drive (a Maxtor which failed with the click of death) with a WD RE3. I've used these drives before for streaming media and like them very much. In these other cases the drives were in PC cases and had plenty of airflow. In this case the drive is in a Vantec NexStar aluminum case (no fan). I've checked the drive after a few days of operation and HD Sentinel shows the max temperature of 47C so far (average was 43C). In HD Sentinel that was shown as Yellow just verging into the Red zone. I'm worried about the long term effects on reliability if the continuous average temperature remains in the mid-40s (I'm assuming it will go up as we get into the summer). This drive is planned to be on 24/7. Should I move to an enclosure with a fan?

Yes, I did get all of my data off the old drive. Used the freezer trick and it worked. biggrin.gif
     
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47 would worry me, though I don't think it's out of spec. Typical ranges with good airflow are 32-40C.
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47 would worry me, though I don't think it's out of spec. Typical ranges with good airflow are 32-40C.
+1. For me, more than 40C is only acceptable when under load. Most drives have a maximum operating temperature of 55~60C but I personally don't like seeing mine go beyond high-40's. Yes, get an enclosure with a fan.
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That's what I thought. The problem is that (IMO) there are no really good fan enclosures anymore. Some recent ones I've tried have usually resulted in the same kind of thing - not very good airflow really and then on top of it the fan either craps out after a year or gets noisy. While my Maxtor did die on me it ran 24/7 for over 4 years in an old Bytecc (IDE, unfortunately). I'd like a HD enclosure that could follow suit. Any ideas?
     
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Fans can be re-lubed or replaced if they get noisy. I normally lube any and all fans prior to installing them anyway to make sure they last, are quiet, and run to their full potential.

You can add fans to existing external cases fairly easily as well.
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What about something like the Thermaltake ST0021U?
     
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They are sweet, but it doesn't look like the one bay models have a fan.
     
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How about a hdd docking station smile.gif
My WD1TB is at 36c, and I only just now stopped watching a film from it!
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They are sweet, but it doesn't look like the one bay models have a fan.

I can't imagine how they can fit on fan with airflow on a single bay model.
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