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    about how hot does a harddrive get, i would like to put mine in a slot the i have in my glove box, it fits it almost exact buti just want to make sure it would be alright there and not melt the plastic its on
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  • #2
    depends on the drive, and the ambient temperature.

    The 3.5" 200GB 7200RPM Maxtor I had got to about 120F with the ambient being ~80F
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    • #3
      mine (60GB 3.5" 7200RPM IBM Deskstar) averages around 50C out in the open. atleast as a precaution, id look for some kind of cooling solution for hard drives. i know they do have some heatsink based products out there, just i havent seen many. most likely this is due to the fact that standard hard drive installation does not need any kind of cooling.
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      • #4
        A while ago, I put one of my friend's harddrives in one of my plasic removable hdd trays after while we were backing up his system. I used the things all the time, and never had a problem. I believe it was a 60 gb maxtor, damn thing melted the plastic. Drive still worked but damn! Whats strange is that it in his system the thing ran fine. I figured maybe something shorted somewhere causing the over-heating, but never found the cause.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Vchat20
          i know they do have some heatsink based products out there, just i havent seen many. most likely this is due to the fact that standard hard drive installation does not need any kind of cooling.
          Yeah, there are a lot of single/double fan hdd heatsinks out there. I chose to go fanless with either the only, or one of 2(maybe) heatpipe solutions. Though I've been told that the way I have mine mounted its not properly working as a heatpipe. I'm considering building a fakefloor in the trunk so I can mount it properly.
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          • #6
            TBH you dont want your hard drive to be over 50C as they are more prone to fail and produce erros.

            Most hard drives have a failure temperature of about 55C. Anything you can do to keep them cool you should do.

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            • #7
              I had a 3.5" hard drive mounted flush against a surface with the other side exposed to the air. Worked great until I took a 6-1/2 hour drive. The drive overheated and shut down at the 6 hour 15 mark, just when I really needed the GPS to find the address!

              Luckily, it survived and I remounted it with space on both the top and bottom. That fixed it. You'll need either airflow or heatsink if you put the drive in a very tight space.

              BTW my 2.5" laptop drive runs much cooler and I think they are more amenable to tight spaces.
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              • #8
                the glove box isn't happening anymore i decided to put my dvd drive in there, so here my situation now: basically i'm trying to get everything in the dash, i need to figure out where to mount the power supply, harddrive, and fan. so this is what its looking like:



                i want to make sure that nothing will get too hot and i dont know if the board will necessarily need much air, the back of the monitor comes to about where the pci card is sticking out, i have a 110mm fan that I dont know if i should put where i have in the next pictre or try to mount it so its maybe sucking the air from between the board and monitor and blowing it onto the harddrive




                so if anyone has some ideas please let me know
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                • #9
                  Install motherboard monitor and set it to shutdown when the CPU temp exceeds 77C for more than 10 seconds (or use some other values you are comfortable with). My epiaM will run when the CPU is up to 84C but it ony ever reaches that temp if I block the air inlet. 50C for a HD temp is a bit higher than I would be comfortable with. I think you can have MBM shutdown if a HD temp threshold is exceeded as well. Also, MBM can write temperatures to a log file so you can monitor how your system is doing and adjust accordingly.

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