1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

overheating of Maxtor Diamond disks

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ptulkens, Jul 29, 2005.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Advertisement
  1. ptulkens

    ptulkens Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2005
    Messages:
    4
    Hi,
    I have about 20 Maxtor Diamond Disks on different machines. Compared to disks from other manufacturers (Western Digital, e.g.), I noticed that the Maxtor disks get much hotter (about 55-60°C vs. 40°C for a Western Digital in the same slot of the tower). The only way I found to decrease the temperature is to put a fan below the disk.
    I alos had a series of disk failures and wonder if these are not casued by overheating.
    Am I unique in having these problems ? What is the experience of other members with Maxtor Diamond disks overheating and failures ?

    Regards.
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2002
    Messages:
    106,418
    I have a bunch of maxtor disks, and they've worked fine. Some of the models do get warmer, but unless it's a problem, I don't spend any time thinking about it.
     
  3. EasY_TargeT

    EasY_TargeT

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2005
    Messages:
    420
    55C-60C are these in servers? that is an insane temperature, a have 3 maxtors and they stay between 20-30C even when transfering files.
     
  4. dustyjay

    dustyjay

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2003
    Messages:
    12,661
    First Name:
    Jay
    If your drive is a 7700 rpm drive it will run a little warmed tahn a 5400 rpm drive. Maxtors do tend to run a tad warmer, but I have never had a problem with one of them. I use almost exclusively maxtor drives and have doen so for the past 8 years or so.
     
  5. ptulkens

    ptulkens Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2005
    Messages:
    4
    Thank you for your reaction. My situation is
    - these machines are *not*servers in the sense that they are not used to house web sites and the like *but* run continuously because we must be able to access the shared folders from other stations;
    - all are running Windows XP SP2;
    - most machines have two disks on top of each other in conventional 3.5" bays. It is always the disk mounted as primary (C:\) which gets hotter, no matter which position it has in the tower. If it is a Western Digital, the temperature is about 40°C. If it is a Maxtor, it is most often 50-55°C;
    - the only Maxtor disks (mounted as primary [C:\]) which remain at 40°C or less are those which are either (i) in a Antec Tower that has a special cooling tunnel blowing air around the disks; (ii) those in conventional towers but under which I placed an ordinnary 8cm fan connected to the front fan outlet of the mother board and placed vertically to blow air onto the disks
    - I *did* have a series of hard disk failures, always with the Maxtor ones. Maxtor has each time replaced the disk free of charge but did not comment about the temperature issue.
    - All these disks are 7,200 rpm disks.

    Does this make more sense and what would be be your advice ?
     
  6. GripS

    GripS

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2005
    Messages:
    2,113
    using a maxtor diamondmax plus 9 80gb and it's running at around 35c right now. The seagate sata is mounted right above it running 1c higher. Maxtor is primary drive due to better overall performance strangely enough.
     
  7. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2002
    Messages:
    106,418
    How are you measuring the temperature? I've noticed that the temperature indication of some drives in my systems don't reflect the "touch" test temperatures. I'm guessing there's a translation error in the actual readings...
     
  8. ptulkens

    ptulkens Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2005
    Messages:
    4
    Thankyou for you reaction.

    I am using Everest home (from Lavalys; http://www.lavalys.com; this is the former, well known AIDA). The temperature it gives is pretty close from what I can feel by "touch test", and it gives a reading of processor temperature that is exactly the same as that found with the Intel Active Monotor. I also have used a program called HDD thermometer from rsdsoft (http://www.rsdsoft.com) with the same results. I guess both programs read the SAMRT signal of the HD. The MAXTOR disks which show a low temperature (because I put a fan beneath them or because they are not the primary disks [they are D:\) or the Western Digital drrives are sensibly less hot by "touch" test.

    Regards. :)
     
  9. dustyjay

    dustyjay

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2003
    Messages:
    12,661
    First Name:
    Jay
    My Maxtor 60 gig drive which is the primary drive in this machine is running at 35c (95f) and the room temp is 92F.

    I just checked the temp for my 120Gb maxtor in my primary system also the primary drive in a multi drive set up it is running at 34c.
     
  10. ptulkens

    ptulkens Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2005
    Messages:
    4
    Thank yo for all of you you made suggestions. I, eventually, found a simple and practical solution to the overheating of my Maxtor drives. I simply bought and installed 8 cm fans BELOW the drives and blowing air upwards. I connect thme to the front fan outlet of the motherboard. The temperature is now about 35°C and these fans are almost noiseless. So, apparently a simmle solution for a few bucks only per computer !
    Regards. :)
     
  11. rascard2007

    rascard2007

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2007
    Messages:
    12
    Hi everybody, I´m new in this forum.

    I had three maxtor drives same capacity (40 GB) but one of them is a half heigth one (1/2 inch or so). This one uses to overheat a lot I have to put a fan blowing directly to it to keep the HDD working below 40 degrees. I think that the problem is the disk being so slim because it has less surface to heat disipation, so It becomes hotter than the full heitgh ones.
     
  12. Sponsor

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Loading...
Similar Threads - overheating Maxtor Diamond
  1. Kagemand1234
    Replies:
    4
    Views:
    189
  2. Rennoc999
    Replies:
    6
    Views:
    193
  3. BungleBerry
    Replies:
    5
    Views:
    162
  4. eddie95
    Replies:
    5
    Views:
    172
  5. Achaser
    Replies:
    18
    Views:
    234
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/385616

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice