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High Hard Drive Temperature

I have a Dimension 5100 with it's original Western Digital 160gb hard drive. The literature says the operating temperature up to 30 degrees Celsius. Mine is running at 46 degrees. I've heard high temperatures shorten the life of any drive.

I've seen the hard drive coolers and fans around but since Dell has the blue "snap in" hard drive system (and I've just put in a second hard drive), does any have any advise on what fan or cooler would fit/work in my Dell. Thanks

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  • cosmo_aka May 23, 2008

    I looked at the hard drive cooler you suggested and it looked way to big for the space I have. The hardrives are set very close (see manual) and just a small amount of space underneath the bottom. Apparently with any of these coolers a good bit of modification is necessary.

    Just trying to find the easiest thing to install into Dells strange configuration. Looking at maybe using a case fan or cpu fan (if I can find one small enough!) to try mounting underneath the 2nd drive.

    With the computer case open I aimed an old desk fan at the hard drives and it lowered the temps considerably. Maybe just drilling some tidy holes in the side of the case and using this simple rig is the answer? :)

    Thanks for your reply. Any other ideas are welcome


  • brjohn1 Jan 23, 2009

    Running at 50-56C.

    It didn't used to run this hot, why now, with no environmental changes to speak off and recently cleaned all the events out?



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