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January 16, 2013 7:19:27 PM

I have two 2 terrabyte hard drives in my HTPC. I recently opened up the case and I noticed that the hard drives are extremely hot to touch.

Is this normal?

If it isn't, what type of fan should I get? A hard drive fan or a case fan (there isn't any case fans)?

Thanks for your help, guys.

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January 16, 2013 7:35:33 PM

That would mean I have to take apart my computer. I am hoping to avoid such a drastic measure.
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a b G Storage
January 16, 2013 7:37:35 PM

Are you able to add fans to your case? And could you space your hard drives apart any?
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January 16, 2013 7:44:43 PM

I've got an HTPC case so it's long and thin. I guess you are saying that a hard drive fan wouldn't be sufficient?
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a b G Storage
January 16, 2013 7:45:06 PM

A fan for the hard drives would keep them cool
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January 16, 2013 7:49:06 PM

um typically HDD don't get "burn ur skin" hot...
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a b G Storage
January 16, 2013 8:07:03 PM

Lets start with What case do you have? So we can look it up and have a better idea of what you are dealing with. this will allow us to better help you.
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January 16, 2013 8:07:24 PM

It's not hot enough to burn but extremely unpleasant. And with the 2 hard drives right next to each other, it's giving me cause for concern....
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January 17, 2013 4:58:29 PM

Thanks for the help.

The case is a Silverstone Milo ML03.

To a newbie like me, it looks like it's going to be very difficult to put in any substantive cooling.
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a b G Storage
January 17, 2013 5:25:52 PM

That case has room for 4-80mm fans so you could probably try putting a few more in, fans are relatively cheap, just know that it is most likely going to increase noise depending on what fans you buy.
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January 17, 2013 6:44:53 PM

Use a hardware monitor to check your hard drive temps. Temps up to 60C should be fine. Tests have shown that too low a temp causes more failures than high temps due to lubricants being less effective at lower temps. My hard drives are currently operating at around 30C. My two drives have a single empty slot between them.
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January 27, 2013 2:03:23 AM

Best answer selected by VolunteerFireFighter.
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