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#1 +warwagon

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 22:27

I had a drive that was getting REALLY hot when spinrite was scanning the drive. It would get to about 130F then spinrite would stop and wait for the drive to cool down, so I looked around my office for something I could use to keep the drive cool. Like a case fan or something. Finally I stumbled upon this CPU cooler. It works AMAZINGLY well!. Took the drives temp from 130 down to 85F the entire time it scanned.

 

So if you have one of these laying around use it to keep your drives cool while on your repair desk.

 

 


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At the end we got the top of the drive in the video down to 99F

 




#2 +Nik L

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 22:30

Doesn't look like it's properly in contact even?



#3 OP +warwagon

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 22:31

Doesn't look like it's properly in contact even?

 

The feet of the cooler holds it above the drive, which allows the air to pass over the drive nicely. Keeps the warmest of drives cool to the touch.



#4 +Nik L

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 22:36

Handy.  I never even knew hard drives got hot.



#5 riahc3

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:03

Hello,

This thread needs a captain obvious picture :p Having said that, no HDD should make spinrite stop.

I imagine you are testing a WD5000HHTZ because that is the only drive I see on WD site that can hold up to 131F. The rest should hold up to 140F.

#6 OP +warwagon

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 22:52

Hello,

This thread needs a captain obvious picture :p Having said that, no HDD should make spinrite stop.

I imagine you are testing a WD5000HHTZ because that is the only drive I see on WD site that can hold up to 131F. The rest should hold up to 140F.

 

I just used it as a prop for the photo.



#7 Decebalvs Rex

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 23:05

Watercool the HDD or nothing !

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Interesting pic there lad ! :woot:



#8 riahc3

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 14:42

Hello,

I just used it as a prop for the photo.

What drive was it then?

#9 OP +warwagon

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 14:49

Hello,
What drive was it then?

 

 

Well in the video it was a Maxtor 160 drive. But just in general if i'm doing spinrite and if the drive feels warm i'll just put the fan on top and keep it cool.



#10 Eric

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 14:56

Hmm... A drive outside the case shouldn't be shutting down from overheating. Maybe that's what's wrong with it that's requiring Spinrite to be used on it?



#11 threetonesun

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 14:57

Watercool the HDD or nothing !

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I do not think this does what you think it does.  :laugh:



#12 OP +warwagon

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 14:59

Hmm... A drive outside the case shouldn't be shutting down from overheating. Maybe that's what's wrong with it that's requiring Spinrite to be used on it?

 

For the record MOST drives don't overheat. The ones that do usually are going bad with bad sectors and such. Typically any computer that comes into my office, because of a BSOD, Black Screen of Death, Auto Restarts or a PC that won't start up,  the drive gets scanned with spinrite before I even start. I want to make sure the hard drive doesn't have any bad sectors causing the issue, other wise I would be chasing my tail trying to trouble shoot the problem.

 

You would be surprised / nor not, on how much of the time bad sectors are the cause of the issue.



#13 AJerman

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 15:08

Yeah, you'd do even better if you get contact with the actual heat sink. But yeah, hot metal + heat sink = cooler metal. If just airflow works though then cool.

 

Reminds me of how I keep ME cool at work. Old PSU+one of the most powerful 80mm fans I've ever seen (2.5A).