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Old September 15, 2012, 09:49 AM
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I have never really paid attention to the heat of hard drives until yesterday when I was going to try something then I noticed that my Hard drives average a 40 c that hotter then anything else on my system why do they produce so much heat and do I need a fan to cool them off?

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Old September 15, 2012, 11:21 AM
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When i still used a futureshop computer (lol) i noticed my harddrive gets hot during gaming (cod,crysis) because there was no fan cooling it, but now im using a storm scout case which has a 140mm fan cooling my array of drives i cannot feel the slightest amount of heat, look into a new case or a harddrive cooler!
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Old September 15, 2012, 11:32 AM
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I have never really paid attentetion to the heat of hard drives until yesterday when I was going to try something then I noticed that my HArd drives average a 40 c that hotter then anything else on my system why do they prodice so much heat and do I need a fan to cool them off?
Are you saying then run at 40 degrees or do you mean they run at 80 degrees? 40 degrees for a hard drive is nothing.
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Old September 15, 2012, 12:17 PM
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they are Idle at 40 degrees C I am surprised that they Idle at that temperature
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Old September 15, 2012, 01:17 PM
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40c is fine..what make is the drive?
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Old September 15, 2012, 03:59 PM
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they are Idle at 40 degrees C I am surprised that they Idle at that temperature
Its a chunk of moving metal.. 40 is fine.. 80 is fine even 90 is fine. Heat doesn't damage a drive.
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Old September 15, 2012, 04:59 PM
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just checked, my SSD is 24C, spinners are 27C, seem a little high on your end, I am guessing they have poor air flow, my drives are being fed air from a pair of 140mm intake fans.
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Old September 15, 2012, 05:21 PM
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well I have four drives stacked one above the other well stacked as in the proper rack mount and there is a 120 fan sucking in air from the front of my case which the air flows over and around the drives.
That is good then that I don't have anything to worry about, I was thinking that since there drives are only around 300 GB I might as well grab a larger drive or two and do some file transferring
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Old September 15, 2012, 05:39 PM
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As ena said, drives arent really effected by heat as much as other components.
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Old September 16, 2012, 07:09 AM
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Its a chunk of moving metal.. 40 is fine.. 80 is fine even 90 is fine. Heat doesn't damage a drive.
As long as they are running within spec this is true. few consumer desktop hard drives I know of run 90C without cooking. I have seen higher HDD failure rates on servers that had crap venting, or fan controllers fried and no one bothered to wonder why the server room was screaming alarms over a weekend. If you are worried about temp spend $10 on a fan, even a small amount of air flow will drop temps drastically. 40C is nothing to be worried about really, I always kept mine around the low 30's but I have seen what heat does so might be paranoid.
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