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November 7, 2013 12:12:53 AM

Hi, I have a Seagate Barracuda ST3320620AS 7200RPM drive in my system, and my case has pretty bad airflow, it doesn't support a front intake fan to cool the drives, only a side intake and an exhaust. I recently installed a graphics card, which has increased the temps for everything considerably.
I noticed that my HDD is now running hotter than it used to.
It used to run at about 45C, but now after the computer has been on for a bit, just web browsing basically, it is now touching 59C if I don't put my desk fan on the side to cool it. Even with that it is still running at 54C. Is the 59C something I need to worry about? Will it decrease the MBTF or is it built to run that hot?
Thanks in advance.

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a b G Storage
November 7, 2013 12:28:46 AM

The spec sheet on that drive lists 60c as the max operating temp. So yes I would say you have a problem. The good news is you can probably install a fan or two to get that number down.
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November 7, 2013 12:37:53 AM

Deuce65 said:
The spec sheet on that drive lists 60c as the max operating temp. So yes I would say you have a problem. The good news is you can probably install a fan or two to get that number down.


As I said I can only get a intake on the side, and I am using my desk fan as that and it moves a good amount of air but it only brings the temps down a few degrees. there are no more fans I can get into the system. The only option I can see is to get a new case, which is what I'm going to do but that's not gonna be for a while.
BTW I have the Logisys CS-206 Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (it has a place for a front intake fan but it's impossible to get one in because the UNMOVABLE drive cages are in the way.
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a b G Storage
November 7, 2013 12:56:10 AM

You'd have to get creative and find a way to add some thin mount 50 to 80 MM fans inside the HD cage. There are many ultra thin HD cooling solutions that might work. Sites like Frozen PC are sometimes better for less used modding:
http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g40/c18/list/p1/Air_Coo...
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