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    Cooling for new hard drive?

    Guys,
    I ordered my new system, ad one of the new components is a Maxtor DiamondMax+ 20gb 7200rpm. I read somewhere that hard drive coolers are essential on 7200rpm drives, but is it safe to leave it until my bank account looks a bit healthier? (that'll be about a month)

    Cheers,

    Neil

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    I have cooling on my Maxtor 7200.

    One word for you is MAPLIN

    They have a good range of them.

    They have a HD Heatsink and single fan which they sell for 30, don't get that one, it's OTT and expensive.

    They also sell a 3 fan panel which I have. I think it's 8, but is incredibly effective. My HD is at room temp all of the time.

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    At maplin you have to pay postage. I get all HSFs and anything else to do with cooling from http://www.theoverclockingstore.co.uk

    They have a cheap one there, and P+P is free. The customer comments are all praise too. I might get that one

    CenturionStrategy - We will have nearly identical set-ups! (Is it good for gaming?)

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    Turn the drive upside down and just make sure that there is a slight breeze over the drive (you need very little airflow, just some), and voila, it stays cool. If you've got several drives mounted above each other, concentrate cooling on the middle and top, and keep the hottest drives lowest in the array.

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    Hey - good idea! Never thought of that before.

    I'll do that until I have a proper cooler

    Thanx a lot

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    hee hee Neil

    Yeah, "our" system is pretty good at gaming.

    The Duron 800@1000 will do anything you ask it to, the GeForceMX is also pretty much good for anything as long as it's at or under 1024x768

    The Mobo is a gem.

    The Maxtor DiamondMax's are amazing, for a 7200, they are incredibly quiet. Unbelievably fast too in UDMA100.




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    Originally posted by CenturionStrategy:
    The Maxtor DiamondMax's are amazing, for a 7200, they are incredibly quiet. Unbelievably fast too in UDMA100.
    I've got 5 of them, but atm only one in my system and it sounds very much like a delta fan to me, I wonder why?

    Seriously though, like D|sElMiNk says I used a 80mm at 5v blowing across them all before and it was all that was required to keep them cool.


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    All i do to keep my Maxtor 40GB 7200rpm cool is use the mounting rails it came with. Mount it in an isolated 5.25" drive bay. Effective and costs you nothing

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    Just wondering...is it really that neccessary to have a hard drive cooler. I mean I know the drives get hot but would good case cooling take care of that?

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