Quote:> Thanks for the response. I decided to go ahead and order
> an Antec HDC Hard Drive cooling system for one of the drives.
> I'm going to move one of the Barracudas to the bottom 5 1/4"
> slot (with the cooler) and leave the other down below all by
> it's lonesome where it should be okay.
Yeah, that should be fine.
You likely wouldnt even need a hard drive cooler kit for
the drive being moved to the 5" bay, just a kit that allows
a 3.5" drive in a 5" bay with no fan may well be enough,
getting the two Barras well physically separated.
Quote:> The HDC system is pretty cool. It has 2 variable speed fans, a sensor
> for the drive, and an extra sensor for whatever you want, and an LED
> readout that alternates between both sensors every 5 seconds and
> displays the temp. The fan increases between 3500rpm and 5000rpm
> depending on the sensor reading and alerts you if it hits 45 degrees
> or above. I'll prbobably run the second sensor to to the bottom
> (uncooled) drive to read the temp.
I'd use SpeedFan to read the SMART temperature myself.
Quote:> I don't want to have my system crash in the
> middle of a Battlefield 1942 smackdown!
Yeah, a meltdown can be a tad of a bad hair day.
> > > I am building a system in an Antec Lanboy case and have two
> > > Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm Serial-ATA hard drives. There
> > > are only two 3.5" slots available so I must have the drives one
> > > on top of the other with only 2 or 3 millimeters between them.
> > > Air circulation in the case is okay with one fan in the
> > > bottom front pulling air in, then 2 fans on the power
> > > supply - one sucking air into the PS and one more fan
> > > blowing it out the back. But no fans blowing on the drives.
> > > I am concered about heat. Are the
> > > drives designed for this type of config?
> > That is a situation where Barras particularly can get stinking hot.
> > > I am going to stripe them RAID 0 so them will both be working
> > > if that matters. The drive specs just say to leave 0.75 millimeters
> > > around each surface of the drive so that is okay, and they say
> > > they can operate up to 60 degrees celsius, but I am skeptical.
> > Well, they will work at that temp, but I
> > wouldnt run any drive at that temp myself.
> > > I also want the drives to last a long time.
> > I wouldnt run a drive higher than about 40 myself.
> > > Am I worrrying for nothing?
> > Nope.
> > > I know I can get a hard drive cooling kit or put one
> > > in the 5 1/4" bay etc. etc. but I'd rather not resort
> > > to this if the drives will be fine as they currently
> > > are. Also, I might not have a 5 1/4 bay available.
> > You may be able to add a fan that does
> > move air over the drives in the 3.5" bay stack.
> > > Anyone have any tips or help? Thanks.
> > Measure the drive temps using SpeedFan.
> > If the temps are much over 40, see if you
> > can add a fan to improve the airflow over
> > the drives. You dont need much to make
> > a surprising difference to the drive temps.
> > Another obvious possibility is a new case
> > which has more 3.5" bays so you can have
> > a spare slot between the drives etc.