Hello. New to the forums. I tried the search function, and only found one post close to my topic:
Here is my question.
I am in the build stage of a new computer. I have four new 7.2k drives ranging in size from 80 to 200 to 250gb. (A total of 730gb). I have not powered on my system because I am waiting for some other parts to arrive. I have a new Dell 400SC case, motherboard, and power supply to put this in. But I have now some concerns about my plans.
While waiting to build this new computer, I put new hard drives in an older Dell with a P-3 733. I removed the 7.5 gb drive, and put in a 120gb and a 80gb, both 7.2k drives from Western Digital. I plan to use this older computer as a music server and general game machine for the kids, and email for my wife.
** What really concerns me is the heat generated by the 120gb WD drive. When it is not doing much of anything, it is so hot that I cannot touch it. I actually tried to leave my finger on the drive to see if I could take the heat, but I could not. I'm very new to the latest in hard drive technology, so I don't know what is normal. But it seems like it is so hot that it will fail prematurely.
Is my drive bad, or do I need some active cooling? This older computer only has a small fan on the CPU, and a fan in the power supply.
I'm trying to extrapolate from the little P-3 733 computer to the big P-4 3.2Ghz Dell 400SC with 730GB. Do I need a hard drive cooler for every drive? I will run out of 5.5" drive space.
If coolers are required, why do case manufacturers not build tons of 5.5" space instead of the smaller 3.5" space?
I'm not sure what to do. Any comments are appreciated.