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RE: High Hard Drive Temperature

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


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  • cosmo_aka May 24, 2008

    Thans Jeff

    I've been looking at all the options around and taking your recommendations seriously. There are way more options when you take airflow, ambient temperature etc. into consideration and not just the hard drive as a single entity.

    I'm going to do some more research and get this baby cooled down. Thanks again! -Cos



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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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