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    hard disk coolers

    as above .. are they any good . looked at some .. seems to me they just blow hot air all over the system

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    looked at anyones in particular?

    you could always go for a 4 in 3 5.25" Drive Bay adapters, as they have a 120mm fan at the front - my p160 has that sorta idea built in and keeps my hard disks at circa 26-28C.

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    looked at ice box and coolmaster ..

    do you have a link to them mate?

    so i can see wot you mean

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    Rapters and large-capacity drives will get QUITE hot, even just idling. HOWEVER, you don't need a special HDD cooler. Even a small brease from a case fan blowing over them will cool them right down. My recommendation, would be to get a very quiet fan... don't worry about how much cubic inches of air it's capabile of moving, or whether it has a heatsink or not. It doesn't matter, it's just overkill.

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    GOT MY MAIN ONE IN FRONT OF THE FAN IT IS MY SECOUND DRIVE THAT RUNS 5C HOTTER

    i do have a few fans knocking about .. i have a old 3200xp heatsink and fan ..

    so you saying just use the fan? and place it on top?

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    How about getting water cooling system and getting a water cooled hdd?
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    Most cases have fans infront of the hard drives anyway...

    If you want to you can just place a fan somewhere near the hard drives and place it over them.

    Or put a 120mm in the 5.25'' bays and maybe some mesh to make it look a little pro?


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    Get a normal 80-120 mm case fan, point it at the HDD from a distance of at least say, an inch. Many cases have fan mounting points pointing at the HDD bays for precisely this sort of arrangement.
    You don't need much airflow to cool a HDD - it's a big chunk of metal after all, but if the air stagnates then it'll heat up fairly quickly.

    For instance, here's a pic of my super-ghetto temporary HDD cooling system (in the process of moving stuff to a new case, so this is just rigged till I move it over):



    That's a 15K HDD there, and it's kept more than cool enough (mid-30s) by that very quiet yate loon fan.
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    elastic suspension ghetto cooled goodness there?

    I actually go the other way on a few systems, i have the HDD in a "SilentDrive" caddy, this actually heats them up a bit (but not *that* much), check the datasheet for your HDD many will work happily at 50°C.

    In short, silence, and be cool.
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    Or get a spinpoint

    I've got mine suspended in front of a 5v intake case fan (120mm). Never goes above 30C, if fans are at 12v its basically room temp

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    another one for the simple low powered fan arrangement here. ive got 2 maxtors close together and without a fan they sit at 50c, with the fan they sit at 37c and only move 1c under load.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus
    elastic suspension ghetto cooled goodness there?
    Indeed. Was just testing it out there. Going to have all my disks suspended in front on a 120mm case fan in the new case.

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    My Hitachi drives' heat conducts through the case so they stay at 30'C without any airflow. While my Maxtor/Seagate drives are cooled by a very slow intake (controlled by NF4 chipset temperature), and stay at 40'C.

    The hitachis are in the 5.25" bays though
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvening
    How about getting water cooling system and getting a water cooled hdd?
    agreed, thats the way i decided to go with my new rig, just waiting for this to arrive

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    Thats just something you do not need to heat up your loop, a 120mm at 5v will do the trick, will save you buying the block.

    Extra heat is not needed in a watercooled loop, imo just keep it to cpu,gfx,chipset.

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