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Sky+ hard disk cooling fan

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by Steve1138, Jan 23, 2003.

  1. Steve1138

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    While fitting a 120 GB HDD to my Sky+, I found the hard disk runs SO HOT (you can't even touch it with bare hands) and decided to fit a cooler.
    I bought a HDD cooling fan from the CoolingShop. (www.thecoolingshop.co.uk)
    A (nicely anodised) aluminium panel which screws onto bottom of HDD, and contains 2 small fans with an inline power connector.

    Fitted in a few minutes (case was still open after fitting new disk)
    So far, so good

    RESULTS ?
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    Lousy. It's way too noisy. Took it out again after 5 minutes before I had chance to see how much it could cool the HDD.

    Late at night when I have to turn the system down to avoid waking the family (as low as -50 dB on my LEXICON CD-1)...
    with this fan running, I couldn't hear speech clearly anymore.

    I'll put it into my PC
    I did find another brand somewhere so will try that and report back again.
    Other option si find some better quality quiet fans and put those into the aluminium plate (replace the original fans)

    Anyone else found one that IS acceptable ?

    Steve
     
  2. NicolasB

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    Maybe you should use a cooler hard drive? :) Maxtor DiamondMax 16 runs quite cool (and fairly quiet too, althought not quite in the Barracuda V class).
     
  3. Steve1138

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    it's a
    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus9, 6Y120L0, 120GB, 7200RPM, <9ms, 2MB Cache, ATA133, OEM

    what's the difference between Plus9 and Plus 16 (apart from the 7 !!)

    and in any case, I was asking about the fans !

    (I already parted with > 100 quid for the HDD, so I'm not in a hurry to dump it yet)
     
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    I'm afraid that the best drive is the DiamondMax 16. This is because it has a slower rotational speed, and thus produces less heat (same rotational speed as the standard 40GB in the SKY+ box). It is also a quiter drive. Any chance of swapping it from your dealer?
     
  5. bobbles

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    How much would one of those set me back?
     
  6. NicolasB

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    The Maxtor DiamondMax 16 is, as you say, a 5400 rpm drive, so in a PC you would get slightly slower performance than with something fancier. But this won't be a significant issue with a Sky+ box, indeed Sky+ can actually have problems with 7200 rpm disks, not just because of the heat production but because the disk takes too long to spin up and the box thinks it isn't there.

    Try WSTORE or Dabs.com - price will be about £115 for a 120GB drive.
     
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    that is fantastic

    i have DVDR now though so i really don't think i need it

    I certainly am not going to think of doing it until my warantee runs out
     
  8. Steve1138

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    well that's all very nice in theory.. but the problem is
    MAXTOR doesn't make these disks in 5400 rpm flavour anymore...
    if you can still find them - that's great... but I couldn't, so I bought a 7200 rpm.

    It works fine.
    (This story about spin-up time and the Sky+ box not being able to find the disk before timing-out appears to be balderdash).

    The temperature of my new 120 GB / 7200 rpm disk inside the Sky+ box is about the same as the original 40 GB disk was... when I came to first take it out (I couldn't touch that either with bare fingers) so I think they run at around the same temp because there's no air circulation inside the case

    The only consolation is that PACE presumably (I hope) did some thorough heat-soak testing and must've (hopefully) found that the orig. disk worked OK... therefore the new one will prob be OK too - even without any cooling
    but I'll feel happier if I can get a fan to keep it cooler (so long as it's a quiet one).

    Back to the original question - anyone found a quiet HDD fan ?

    Steve
     
  9. Timmy B

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    The DiamondMax 16 5400 is available at many places - 12 in stock at dabs at this very moment.
     
  10. Stevie G

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    Are you not using a Zalman Fan Mate to throttle the fan speed?
     

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