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Re: disks are hot hot hot

> On Tue, 2004-05-11 at 09:35, Antony Gelberg wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I've recently built my first ever server with a pre-compiled kernel
>> (2.6.4
>> from backports.org).  I had two 160GB SATA disks which both failed after
>> only
>> a couple of months.  I found this extremely strange, unless they were
>> from a bad batch (not likely in this day and age).  They've gone back to
>> my supplier as faulty anyway.
>> One thing I did notice is that the disks were rather hot, abnormally
>> imo.
>> The server is hardly stressed, as it's pretty much providing DNS, SMTP,
>> and IMAP for all of one user!  :)  Motherboard is an ASUS A7N8X.
>> What I am wondering is, is there some type of power saving mode /
>> setting that I might have missed, a module perhaps?  Or do these new
>> fangled disks just run very hot?  I've replaced them with two Samsung
>> 160GB PATAs, and they're quite warm after only an hour or so, but
>> admittedly they are doing a RAID sync.
> I'm guessing you're using 7200 RPM or better disks. I've never seen a
> 7200 RPM disk that didn't run rather warm. Some get hotter than others,
> but they're all rather hot. I have, in the last 10 months, replaced 5
> drives, all of which failed within about a month of getting them. I was
> also having some heat issues with the computer in general. I added two
> more case fans and got a couple of hard drive heatsinks. They're copper,
> about the same size as a drive, and have two fans on the bottom. They
> attach to the bottom of the drive and have an in-line power coupler that
> you can put between the power supply and the drive itself. I got them
> for $10 (US) a piece and since then have not had a single drive failure
> or heat problem. YMMV of course.

Sounds good.  What brand and model of heatsink do you use?

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