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External possibly over-heating

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Craig321, 28 Jul 2006.

  1. Craig321

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    Hi,

    Over these couple of hot days (33 c+) my external has been ftdisking and disconnecting itself and re-connecting all the time.

    Each time it has started doing this I have felt the external and it seems a bit too hot.

    The drive never ftdisks in the winter or on cooler days (today it hasn't done it once and it's been cool).

    Anyway, I just wondered if it's safe to carefully open it up and clean it out. I've had it for about 2 years now and haven't cleaned it out so it might be overheating because of the hot days & dust.

    Thanks,
    Craig.
     
  2. Ice On Fire

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    As long as you're careful, and don't bump it too much, I don't see a problem with that.
    To cure your problem, why don't you let a small fan blow over it. Like a one of those small desk fans?
     
  3. Craig321

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    I could do, but really need a no-money solution as I really don't have any money at all at the moment :(

    I could get a £1 sport relief fan :p :D

    If I opened it up wouldn't it be like opening an internal hard drive and i'd see all the shiny CD thingys inside? Or would they all still be covered when I take the casing off?

    Thanks,
    Craig.
     
  4. Messiah Khan

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    You will just find a normal harddrive inside, so there are no problems opening it up.
     
  5. Craig321

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    Ah, ok. Cool :)

    Weird how externals don't have fans on them yet they have a normal HDD inside >.<
     
  6. Messiah Khan

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    They normally rely on the external enclosure to act as a giant heatsink.
     
  7. Sparky191

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    They are not designed to be used as much as regular drives. IMO. I've had problems with newer hotter drives in them.
     
  8. Craig321

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    Hmm, maybe it's being used a bit too much? I've got 'My Documents' on there instead of my C: driver, maybe that's making it over-work itself? I'll see about moving My Documents to my C: drive instead (it's on my external because I used to have a 40GB hard drive so it saved alot of space sticking my documents on my external 200gb instead of on my main drive, but now i have an internal 200gb so I'll move it back some time).

    Thanks,
    Craig.
     
  9. Craig321

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    Seems to be fixed now. I've put My Documents back on my C: drive and the external is now almost cold to the touch & hasn't ftdisked since.

    Must have been due to just about continuous use: Music, pictures, saving stuff to my documents, reading stuff from my documents all the time etc.

    Thanks,
    Craig.
     
  10. Sparky191

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    Probably.