Hard Drive Okay Now?
Posted 16 February 2006 - 08:33 PM
Posted 16 February 2006 - 10:42 PM
Photo #2 My hard drives - See how little space there is between them and the metal case?
Photo #3 What is this fan covering?
What is this fan covering?
I have absolutely no drive bays available for placing the new hard drive in. My "wonderful" manufacturer made sure that there was only space in the thin metal tube. I think the intent was so that I would have to buy a new computer...
Posted 17 February 2006 - 05:30 AM
Photo #1 looks like one of the chipset heat sinks, photo#2 looks like that fan is on top of the CPU heatsink keeping it cool,
ya you dont have much room, not enough to install a HD cooler under the drive.
Posted 17 February 2006 - 05:39 PM
Out of interest, what make is your computer? It looks like its a Compaq or something similar. Is it in a desktop case (as opposed to a tower)?
Posted 17 February 2006 - 05:52 PM
Thanks, Samm & amw_drizz for all your help & support.
Posted 17 February 2006 - 06:00 PM
The only thing I'm not sure of is how hot the Maxtor 5400 rpm hard drive will run inside my computer. Already, with the SeaGate 7200 rpm, it's gotten to critical temp & beyond a couple of times, and it's winter. Last night, the old hard drive reached critical temp, which I don't know if it's ever done that before. All I know is, the chirping has never returned. I'm almost considering returning the hard drives and just going back to the configuration I had before - one hard drive of 5400 rpm.
Posted 17 February 2006 - 06:11 PM
There is another alternative you could try first though, and that is to improve the overall cooling inside the case. This involves installing case fans & possibly re-arranging the drive cabling so that it doesn't obstruct the air flow.
Do you have any case fans installed at the moment? If so, where abouts are they mounted & are they blowing air in or out of the case?
Do you have any other places in the case for mounting more fans?
Posted 17 February 2006 - 06:23 PM
I would gladly install fans, but I'm not sure how or where I'd need to mount them. Certainly if I see holes, that would be a start, but I think I'd need a mounting kit or brackets, or something like that. My first thought was to go get that little Vantec double fan and somehow jimmy it to the outside of the hard drive metal tube. There is a crescent moon shaped hole in, BUT the air would be blowing towards the side of my computer casing, rather than out into the rest of the computer. I think heat might build up there. I just don't want to install the fans in a haphazard manner and have them banging around inside the computer (if I were to move it and forget about handling it delicately) and then break off and destroy the motherboard or some other delicate part. I just know I'm hard on my things, and I'd worry about something not securely bolted down. Any ideas for fan mounts or kits? Would you mount the fan outside the metal tube and point it at the two hard drives facing into the casing?
Posted 17 February 2006 - 06:25 PM
I have thought about just buying that little Vantec fan and trying to make it work. If only I knew how to solder...
Posted 17 February 2006 - 06:42 PM
If there is a place to mount a fan on the rear of the case, then it will look like this from the outside :
The fan you can see at the top of the case in the picture, is the power supply fan. Just below it you can see circular rows of holes. This is for a case fan. Have a look to see if your case has one of these on the back.
You may also have a place to mount a fan in the front of the case but to see this you will have to open the case up by taking the side panel off. If there is a place for a fan, it will be in the lower part of the case beneath the drives.
Posted 17 February 2006 - 06:53 PM
I guess all I really need is some sort of small fan to mount on the outside, but won't that blow the hot air around inside? I think that's what I'm already doing with the box fan except it's blowing over the case and whatever air happens to get inside helps some. I know you know what you're talking about. I just wonder why those salesguys at Fry's Electronics didn't mention this option...then again they're not that helpful, either. I wonder if they carry a fan that mounts to the outside? They probably don't, so that's why they didn't suggest it.
Posted 17 February 2006 - 07:13 PM
Bear in mind that in this picture, you can actually see the fan from the outside of the case. Most cases however don't look like this. From the outside, they look like the one in the picture below, where no fan is visible. The holes for the fan are cut into the metal chassis of the case but not the plastic front. Thats why you need to look inside the case in order to see it.
Posted 17 February 2006 - 07:20 PM
Posted 17 February 2006 - 07:25 PM
I'm not saying there is a fan already in the front of the case, but I am saying you mat be able to install one there.
As for the fan that you have over the processor (the chipset only has a heatsink), you won't feel much air blowing off of this fan because it's blowing the air onto the chip, not away from it.
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