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What is the best hard drive cooler you can buy which will take up a 5.25 drive bay and mount a 3.5 drive inside of it? I am looking for one with good airflow and possibly a drive heatsink.

Keith

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I mount my drives in 5 1/2 bays using spacers and have modified some cheap hd cooler fronts by reversing the fans and remounting them 1/2 an inch away from the grill using long bolts. This draws air from the back intake fan out over the drives, ( it also brings up warm air from the bottom of case,and stops it accumulating at the top, which is best way to cool mobo and cpu ) moving the fans back away from the grill makes them quieter and more efficient. The air coming out is still cool and flows really well. It is best to have a fan drawing air in at the bottom, as an exhaust fan in a pci slot is not doing much good, all the hot air above it is rising, and it is not provinding fresh air for your cpu fan.......Works for me.

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I've been checking that coolermaster one out quite a bit, read some reviews. Admittedly the reviews were all linked from coolermaster, so I doubt I would find any bad ones linked from them =) Anyways most of them showed about a 18% drop in temps or 3c which in my eyes is pretty sweet. So I think I will end up getting one of these. Thanks guys, but if you have any more feedback post it here, I'll check back before I buy.

Keith

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I've been checking that coolermaster one out quite a bit, read some reviews.  Admittedly the reviews were all linked from coolermaster, so I doubt I would find any bad ones linked from them =)  Anyways most of them showed about a 18% drop in temps or 3c which in my eyes is pretty sweet.  So I think I will end up getting one of these.  Thanks guys, but if you have any more feedback post it here, I'll check back before I buy.

Keith

I have the coolermaster that you are thinking of buying. Don't, unless you can put up with the noise the fan makes. After a while, the fan begins to whine and you will not be able to stand sitting right next to your PC.

I still use the heatsink, but I had to turn the fan off.

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I have the coolermaster that you are thinking of buying. Don't, unless you can put up with the noise the fan makes. After a while, the fan begins to whine and you will not be able to stand sitting right next to your PC.

I still use the heatsink, but I had to turn the fan off.

Same here. I originally thought that whine was caused by my case fans, so I replaced them all with PC Power & Cooling Silencer fans. That didn't work, so I narrowed the whine down to that little fan. The enclosure itself makes a great heatsink, and my Atlas 10K III is cool to the touch.

If you have two 5.25" bays free, I would suggest the Bay Cool III.

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My case is about 45dba all the time now, and 60ish when I turn the fans up. It's just the wooshing of air though, so it isn't very annoying. Do you think I would be able to hear the whine over 45db?

Keith

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If you don't mind having it stick out of the front of your case a bit, there is the almost-forgotten Globalwin I-Storm crossflow fan. Here's a review showing the fan, which is nearly as wide as the fan bay and has a reputation for running whisper-quiet: SysOpt review I have a feeling the appearance issue will be a love-or-hate thing... ;)

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I have 2 of the coolermaster units and although the fans can be heard, they are not loud at all. I have 2 x15 drives in them- an 18 and a 36 gb version. They seem to run cool to the touch (at least the back part that I can get to with my finger when they are installed) and a little thermistor from my digital doc unit measures from 34-41 degrees temp depending on idle vs. thrashing (almost always reading 37-38 under normal use).

FWIW.

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