[QUOTE=Kratos;2194885]The drive still has some warranty left. But I just have a few questions before I return it and request a replacement.
1.) The temperature of the hard drive is at around 38 degree Celsius â€“ is this normal temperature for hard drives? 2.) Around 2 months ago, I added an extra HDD to the system. The gap between the 3 hard drives was very small. Do small gaps between HDD obstruct air flow and heat up the HDD â€“ enough to make them fail? 3.) Is it worth purchasing an Evercool brand Exhaust Fan Blower to reduce the heat temperature for a PC?
Thanks for any feedback.[/QUOTE]
Firstly backup everything important to a different HDD.
If it only works properly when it’s cold, get an external exclosure, or better still, just a USB->IDE/Sata cable & stick a fans to blow across it.
Lets you connect & disconnect until you get everything you want off it
- 38degC is fine if not lower than most people HDD’s.
- Yes, a small gap restricts airflow & prevent heap from escaping, but except in extreme cases, the airflow should still be sufficient - how much room? 5mm, 10mm’s - 1mm?
- Sure, why not - it probably won’t make much difference if you system has 1/2 decent ventilation anyway, but it won’t make it any worse - but if you only have a small gap anyway … if might not make any difference.
Unfortunately … HDD’s are made to fail these days - in a work situation, I wouldn’t recommend using any mechanical HDD for more than 3 years - in a personal environment … depends on how much you use the HDD.