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Hard Drive Running Too Hot? (103.4?F / ~40?C)

by macdude88 / August 19, 2007 1:16 AM PDT

Last week, I bought an external hard drive off newegg. This one to be exact -

When I got it up and running. It seemed to be running kind of hot. I did a rather improvised temperature probe on it (using one of those medicinal thermometers for fevers to say the least) and it appeared to be going around 40 celsius. There's no fan inside the enclosure.

I plan on using this as a primary storage device outside of my Mac--which means it being on almost everyday. With it going at 40C, do you think that's a safe operating temperature? If not, how about getting some heatsinks, taking apart the enclosure, & slapping the heatsinks all over the hard drive? I just don't want the drive to die prematurely & cause a massive data loss on my part.

Right now, I've placed it on a laptop cooling mat and that seemed to drop the temp about 4?C, but I need a more long term solution (need the mat back for using on my MacBook & final cut pro).

In OS X, the drive shows up as a Seagate Barracuda, if that helps.


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Not too hot...but for long term use, cooler is
by VAPCMD / August 19, 2007 1:34 AM PDT


Might check out the ANTEC MX-1 external enclosure...USB 2.0 and eSATA with active cooling. Bought one but haven't installed a drive in it yet. I've used Adaptec enclosures but I only run the drives as secondary BACKUPs or file transfers for short periods. Never used externals as primary data storage, primary backup or run them 24/7 like I do my PC.

Can't install/mount the drive internally ??


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by macdude88 / August 19, 2007 1:51 AM PDT

"Can't install/mount the drive internally ??"
nah; I've a mac mini, which uses the more expensive 2.5" laptop hard drives. I don't want to spend more than double what a 3.5" external drive costs just to get an internal. it's cheaper and plus, I can tote it around to all my PCs.

and on the antec, I don't want to spend $50 more on the external drive--i really like the case i have right now; i just need to find a workaround for the heat (assuming it's too hot).

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Bummer...that's the real downside to reduced form factor
by VAPCMD / August 19, 2007 11:32 AM PDT
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cases. First time you go to add anything it's got to be external adding cost and more cables.

Re HDD temp's not bad but it depends on whether that's for short or sustained periods. If for extended use .... active cooling would have been the way to go unless of course your data isn't important.


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