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Which side to keep cool?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by GuruJockStrap, 7 Feb 2006.

  1. GuruJockStrap


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,697

    My Maxtor HD is currently in my Shuttle's drive cage with a floppy drive sitting right on top of it.

    Been thinking I don't need the Floppy drive so I'm going to remove it.

    Do I move it up so the PCB underneath has some space and top of the HD is directly underneath the DVD RW Drive or do I leave it where it is so there is a gap between the top of the HD and the DVD RW drive?

    Which side is it best to keep cool?
  2. smids


    Joined: 18 Dec 2004

    Posts: 6,660

    Location: London/Kent

    I think the top, as this is the most heat conductive side (being made of metal). This is also where the actual platter and head expel their heat so keeping that cool ought to ensure a cooler platter and head. The base is plastic which doesn't conduct heat well so will have little effect. Similaraly, the PCB isn't as important.
  3. GuruJockStrap


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,697


    Will remove that floppy drive tomorrow. Hopefully the vacant space will allow some of the HD's heat to escape and be removed by the rear fan.
  4. sunky


    Joined: 2 Dec 2005

    Posts: 65

    Location: UK

    keep the top cool
  5. GuruJockStrap


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,697

    Removed the floppy drive on top and temps have dropped from around 47oC to 43oC.

    Still toasty, but in a Shuttle with an internal case temp of 40-50oC, its as good as its going to get.