it will be fine with no cooling as long as you have reasonable airflow, but keeping it cooler will likely extend the life of your drive; basically putting any sort of fan on it should help cool it well enough, although toms hardware just did an article on two hdd coolers available, i suggest taking a look at that. all depends on your price range. That thing will do something, but not probably a whole lot, also rosewill is known for producing cheap things that fall apart pretty fast (but for 4 bucks it might be completely worth it).
I was building a computer one time and forgot to turn on the hard drive fan. The hard drive got pretty darn hot when I was installing Vista. turned the fan on and it was cool to the touch with in 3 minutes.
So a hard drive does not need cooling even under load?
BTW..thank you for your prompt response to my original post.
the exterior was cool to the touch, doesnt mean the interior was cooled much, however any extra airflow will definitely help; no your normal harddrive should not need extra cooling, but it certainly wont hurt and an extra couple bucks to possibly extend the life of your drive i would say is worth it.
I used to have a harddrive sitting on bubble-wrap on the bottom of my case and out of the way of what little airflow there was (old drive that needed to be silenced). It didn't burn up on me, and it didn't have anywhere to conduct heat away.
I'd not recommend it on a new drive though, or a 10k RPM or faster drive. Without contact with metal, the heat will build up in the drive. If it has airflow it should be fine, otherwise make sure the drive can conduct heat away though direct contact.
I think different people will tell you different things. I bought a Seagate, it's got a great 5 year warranty. But that warranty might as well be one year, because it's less than a year old and it spins up and down like a circular saw.
Agreed it all comes down to benchies and price. You cant judge hard drives like graphic cards you have to go do research if you looking for quality or performance which isn't a easy task when you limited by your budget which most of us are.
I know a lot of people who swear by Seagate but I have seen so many reviews of breakdowns happening to them. Very similar to what Randomizer is experiencing.
Then a few years back Seagate bought out Maxtor. I have never thought of Maxtor as a high quality product. I always thought of them as econo-hard drives.
Then Maxtor had that issue last year when a batch of their hard drives came preinstalled with virsuses which send key logger data back to China. Seagate did not make the drives but instead contracted out the labor for building them with some 3rd party manufacturing company in China. Seagate paid a big price for that mistake trying to save a few bucks.