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Which side of hard drive should face up.....?

by Scott Swinyard / January 24, 2004 11:58 AM PST

The metal housing with the lable, or the circuit board?

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Re:Which side of hard drive should face up.....?
by Mark G / January 24, 2004 12:43 PM PST

lable side up

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Re:Which side of hard drive should face up.....?
by JMarchi / January 25, 2004 12:22 AM PST

While you normally want the circuit board down drives will work in any position these days.

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Re:Which side of hard drive should face up.....?
by Coryphaeus / January 25, 2004 12:25 AM PST

Seems to me the mounting screws will only allow one position.

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As Jeff says, any position is allowable. Can be verified by going
by Ray Harinec / January 25, 2004 8:04 AM PST

to the WD site and read the FAQ's.

As Wayne says, the screw holes determine that, but only if you have slots with limited room [can mount one upside down in a spot which has room above and below the drive, maybe a 5 inch slot with the 3 inch adapter]. And of course many cases provide for mounting the drives on their side.

With the newer 7200 rpm drives, mount them to get a maximum of moving air for cooling. The screws, if through metal of the case, into the metal of the hard drive DO provide some path for cooling the drive by conduction.

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Re:Which side of hard drive should face up.....?
by Willy / January 25, 2004 9:57 AM PST

Circuit side down. You want to know why or what the "ordination" the manufacturer offers, goto thier support website.

It *used* to make a big difference in the early days of HDs as the bearing upon being worn, tend to settle in thier housing. Newer type HDs don't use such bearing anymore though bearing are still present, they're more capable now. -----Willy

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