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Hot HardDrive..

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ChfTx, Oct 1, 2003.

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  1. ChfTx

    ChfTx Thread Starter

    Feb 8, 2003
    Should a hard drive be hot to the touch?....I mean, not quit scorching, but close to it.

  2. gotrootdude


    Feb 19, 2003
    No... Can get a little warm, but not as you're describing.

    If your like most, you have the drive butted up against a floppy drive, or a cd-rom. Is there any way to move it where it's by itself on the mount and can get airflow on top and bottom. Next, I use rounded cables (you can roll and zip-tie the flat ones) because the flat cables can block airflow and make the drives or worse overheat.
  3. Lurker1


    Jan 30, 2001
    If you are using one of the compact cases where the hard drive sits right next to the processor the hard drive can get blazing hot. Generally its better to have then running cooler. Try what gotrootdude suggests and see if there is a place for adding another case fan in your system.
  4. rmay635703


    Nov 7, 2002
    If all else fails I believe there are drive fans but you would probably need a spare 3.5" bay to the outside.

  5. Whitestar


    Mar 22, 2003
    You can get water coolers that fit underneat the hd drive, but they cost a bit so mayby thats not fiesable.
  6. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    It depends on the specific disk. Some of the SCSI 10k RPM drives get pretty toasty, and even a few of the 7200 RPM drives get quite warm. As a rule, the newer drives are sipping less power, and I notice that modern drives tend to run cooler.
  7. ChfTx

    ChfTx Thread Starter

    Feb 8, 2003
    The drive sits in the front of the case, upright, on the bottom, inside a vented holder away from all else.
    I just ran PowerMax to help partition the drive but couldn't load win98 on it cuz it told me there wasn't enough space.....? (Created a Primary partition only)..
    When I went to look at the drive, it was real hot like I said. Maybe the drive is ok and I've done something wrong?

    Any thoughts?...or maybe should I start a new thread?


    BTW....it's an IBM 14.4GB drive in a Micron, P2, 400MHz
  8. compilerxp


    Feb 24, 2002

    This is actually an old DELL class system (Same chassis as Dell & CompUSA systems of a few years ago).

    That drive is running a bit warmer than it should... while the case doesn't have the best cooling, your drive should only be warm... but some drives are warmer than others. Like my typical Maxtor 120gb. its nice and cool in my case (excellent cooling), but with the cover off and sitting on the bottom of the case (standing actually) - it gets a bit warmer. Same HD in a DELL micro-case is VERY HOT.

    Pull the drive out of the system and see if she runs cooler outside the case.

    - You don't need PowerMAX... is that an IBM tool? Please DO NOT use drive management software with your drive. If so, remove ALL created partitions with the tool (powermax).

    Then boot with your Windows98se Floppy, and run FDISK

    Create your primary partition and your extended partion.

    I'd break the drive right in half... or 8000mb / and whatever is left for the extended.

    Then after the reboot... (with same floppy) - format both partitions.

    Then create a directory called "Win98" so its like C:\win98

    Copy the same directory from the CD onto the HD. like this.

    Format C (Hard drive)

    When done, format the other drive (should be D)

    You should be in your C: drive

    Then: MD WIN98 (MD = Make Directory)
    Then: E: (If this is your CD-ROM drive letter)
    Then: CD WIN98
    Then: COPY *.* C:/WIN98
    Then: C:
    Then: CD WIN98
    Then: SETUP

    Follow instructions... enter your CD-KEY

    Do not delete this directory (WIN98) And you won't be bothered to insert your Windows98 CD whenever you ADD something to your system.
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