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Old 06-18-2008, 04:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Some of us have cases that do not have ideal hard drive cooling. My hard drive idled about 40C and when under load for long periods of time (formatting, unrarring 1080p files stuff) it would sometimes reach 45C-46C. Now, these are perfectly safe temperatures for drives, but as far as I'm aware the MTBF is rated at 40C, so for peace of mind if for nothing else I would like it to stay under that.

My solution? Well I had some spare ramsinks hanging around and figured if they each dissipated a Watt or a fraction of a Watt of heat then surely when added up they should dissipate at least some of the heat the HD was creating.

My results? My drive now idles at 34C, that's a 6C drop and when unrarring a 1080P mkv file it fluctuates between 38-39C....that's a 6-8C drop under load.


It's a bit ghetto, but it's entirely silent and it works! I just stuck them on both sides where the drive seemed hottest.



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Neat idea.

I bet an old chipset cooler would work better, tbh.
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Yeah most likely but I had these laying around. Also the drive does have some airflow, it just needed some more surface area and turbulence to take advantage of it.
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You continue to amaze me guru...wow.


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Nice! , doesn't it have any problems with the HD Cage though ?
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Nice! , doesn't it have any problems with the HD Cage though ?
Nope. I only have 1 drive in the cage at the moment but there's still plenty of clearance on either side to mount more drives in.
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good idea. I have a bunch of zalman heatsinks lying around. I have HD coolers that I've never installed. Anyone use those before? It has a small fan on the under side of the HD
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I considered getting one of those but I thought maybe the fan would be noisy.
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I'll give it a try and see how it goes. I'll post temps. Usually my drives are 47c
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