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Old 08-19-2006, 02:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the point of hard drive cooling? rarely have i seen a hard drive overheat...

seems like a waste of money.
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well.. i think mine be overheating.. if speed fan is correct... 67 degrees i think it was =X
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My harddrives used to be too hot to hold on to. I stuck a HDD cooler on it and put in a front intake fan and now they're pretty cool.
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HDD Cooling?

What is the point of hard drive cooling? rarely have i seen a hard drive overheat...

seems like a waste of money.
simple physics, the cooler it is then the less wear and tear. drives last longer if they are consistently kept at a low average temperature. there are cases of hard drive failure as a direct result of overheating. it's like having a heatsink on your processor when it is turned off, sure it's not overheating...........yet.
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While this is brought up, I have a question too.

Will/can a harddrive become slower if it is hotter?
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i would imagine soo..
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when things get hotter they expand, when thens get colder they contract.

Even tho things inside the hard drive are only expanding by a very small amount, at one point that small amount could be just enough to crack something like the head and therefore cause faliure.

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While this is brought up, I have a question too.

Will/can a harddrive become slower if it is hotter?
no, no components in the hdd are effected by heat in that way.
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To add to what A-mak said, the constant expanding and contracting of the metal inside will wear out the drive a lot faster.
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the heating/cooling cycles induce cyclic stress on the hd. the more cycles it goes through (and the more drastic the high/low points of the cycle) the more stress the hd experiences. your springs, precision gears, etc will really start to feal the wear after 1000's of extreme temperature cycles.

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