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HDD over heating (has no vents on case?)

before i start im not the most techy guy, but i know a lil here and there

I have a WD scorpio black HHD it has no air vents on the case at all, which I have never seen before on a HHD. What makes it worse is its in a HP (yer hp.. I know) probook which has no air vents (well one very small one for the CPU fan) either. Now the computer is switching its self off after little use, CPU's are running at 50-70% when doing something which causes a 45-50C temp and for the T6570 C2D CPU this seems normal with a inoperative temp of 100.1C according to intel. when at idle the CPU's are at 35-38C. Yet the HDD is idling at 44C, So I have come to the conclusion its the hard drive, when doing something the hard drive steady rises temperature fast for 44-50 in a few minutes. according to WD, the inoperative temp is 60.1C but it isnt even getting there before switching off. Can my Hard drive cause overheating? and if so can I take the case off and make some makeshiift vents for it with out risking any corruption or data loss?

Also: yes the fan and the metal chassis is clean, has brand new deepcool Z5 heatsink aswell. that was my first guess.
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  1. you're killing your entire computer by not having ventilation

    install a front fan sucking in and a rear fan blowing out - at the very least
  2. dingo07 said:
    you're killing your entire computer by not having ventilation

    install a front fan sucking in and a rear fan blowing out - at the very least


    this would be possible if it wasn't a pro-book ( laptop).
    it has one vent the left hand side where the cpu fan sits that is about 2 1/4 inchs wide and about 1 inch high.
  3. Best answer
    upgrade to an SSD

    you'll want to reinstall windows on the new SSD to get the best performance from the laptop - then just copy the data from the old drive to the new one

    you'll have to reinstall all your programs
  4. The 2-3 watts from a laptop HDD won't heat up a laptop nearly as much as the 35W CPU will. But heavily clogged heatsink fins should be vacuum off while holding the CPU fan still to prevent it from spinning.
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