Question about Dell Dimension 5100 (D51L1) PC Desktop
Comment by cosmo_aka, posted on 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
Hi cosmo - I apologize if you were working with someone. A couple of things I just wanted to touch on. Depending on how many hard drive bays there are (schematics weren't clear), you never want to put two drives in consecutive bays if it can be avoided. This will allow for air flow around the drives. Also, just wondering if you've considered a pci/bus cooling card. The key to cooling hard drives is air flow. With a cooling card you could add two more fans inside your case. There are actually many kinds of cards out there. There's even pci cards that require two pci slots and circulate air at a good rate. Make sure sure your cables are tied together as much as neatly as possible to help with air flow. Make sure you have at least 6 inches of clearance on all sides of your case if possible. Make sure your case is properly seled so you won't lose circulating air. Personally, I'd try the cooling card. There's plenty to choose from. Thanks. If you need more input just holler. Thanks. PLEASE rate fixed or don't rate at all. We don't like anything less. Just hurts our ratings. Like I said if you'd like more help just add a comment and I'll be happy to assist you further.
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I'm assuming it hasn't been dropped or physically knocked. If it has, either or both the Hard Drive inside and the controller mechanism itself could be shock-damaged.
Similarly, overheating can damage either or both.
If it is still under Warranty, return it to the supplier.
If the Warranty has expired, open it to establish whether the Hard Drive inside is intact.
Often the damage is done to the controller board inside by the build up of poorly dissipated heat in many Hard Drive Enclosures.
You lose nothing. If the Hard Drive is either failing or damaged, you need a new Hard Drive and a better ventilated Enclosure anyway. If the Hard Drive is fine, you can carefully select and buy a new, better ventilated Enclosure for the Hard Drive, if the Enclosure is damaged but the Hard Drive fine - new Enclosure. If both Enclosure and Hard Drive are damaged, you need to replace both.
I hope this helps.
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