Do I need to cool this WD HDD?

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  1. Posts : 218
    Win 10 Pro 20H2 (OS Build 19042.867)
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       #21

    Good point, I hadn't mentioned that. The temperatures are measured with Hard Disc Sentinel, Speccy gives the same values.
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  2. Posts : 4,585
    Windows 10 Pro
       #22

    Those temps you list in your 1st reply are way too high.

    My Samsung 860 Pro runs at 26 to 28C

    The hard drive cage in my Corsair C70 case has a fan pushing and 1 pulling on either side.
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  3. Posts : 218
    Win 10 Pro 20H2 (OS Build 19042.867)
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       #23

    Ordered a Noctua NF-A9 92mm yesterday, it's just been delivered. I have a few things to do this today so I'll see about taking time out to fit it tomorrow (with my wife's permission of course), also see about moving the WD HDD further from the RAM.

    The PC, still with the side panel removed, has been on for about 7 hours, the HDD is running at 42C, much more satisfactory.

    Thank you, as ever I've learned a lot from these exchanges.
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  4. Posts : 5,183
    Windows 11 Home
       #24

    I always bought HDD box to keep HDD running cool and quiet.
    There are a bit hard to get these days, since everyone uses SSD.

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  5. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #25

    tpriest said:
    Ordered a Noctua NF-A9 92mm yesterday, it's just been delivered.
    I've had an NF-A9 on my Noctua cooler for the last 3 or 4 years without complaints.

    I'd probably try it as an exhaust first; that might put it a bit farther from your ears...assuming the cable is long enough to reach the right connector.

    You could use the included Low Noise Adapter, but I'd probably not at least on the first attempt. It reduces the maximum RPM available from 2000 to 1550, either of which should be faster than you'd need.

    Peek in the BIOS and play with whatever fan controls you find in there. Maybe minimal considering the age of the motherboard, but you likely wouldn't need to adjust anything anyway.

    Put the PC under a major load to get a grip on how loud the fan can get and what effect it has on temps.

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  6. Posts : 218
    Win 10 Pro 20H2 (OS Build 19042.867)
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       #26

    An update to the thread.

    I fitted the NF-A9 yesterday. Bit of trouble getting the silicon mounts to engage with the drive, had to remove the PSU to get to one of them, but got it fitted eventually. As the lead wasn't quite long enough to reach any of the FAN headers, I chose to use the Low Noise Adapter as an extension and connected it to 4-pin SYS_FAN2. I also investigated moving the HDD away from the RAM; unfortunately though I could have put it lower down it would then only have been supported on one side. I was able however to move it a little further forward in the tray, so now it's perhaps 1-1.5cm further from the RAM.

    Powered up the PC, saw the fan spin as soon as power supplied, then it stopped immediately after the short single POST beep. Odd?

    Checked BIOS settings, all ok. After a bit of head scratching connected it to 3-pin SYS_FAN1. Worked perfectly.

    Replaced all panels and let it run for a few hours. Temperature stabilised at 42C.

    Then decided to use the normal extension lead and thus let the fan run at full speed. after a few hours the temperature stabilised at 41C, little difference.

    Clearly a vast improvement on the 50-52C previously. No idea why it stopped after POST on SYS_FAN2, not really an issue though, more a curiosity.

    Clearly with more investment I could get the temperature down a bit more, but laws of diminishing returns set in at some stage. Have to be realistic and say that after 10 years how much longer will it continue to provide all I need?
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  7. Posts : 17,744
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1706 (x64) [21H2]
       #27

    tpriest said:
    An update to the thread.

    I fitted the NF-A9 yesterday. Bit of trouble getting the silicon mounts to engage with the drive, had to remove the PSU to get to one of them, but got it fitted eventually. As the lead wasn't quite long enough to reach any of the FAN headers, I chose to use the Low Noise Adapter as an extension and connected it to 4-pin SYS_FAN2. I also investigated moving the HDD away from the RAM; unfortunately though I could have put it lower down it would then only have been supported on one side. I was able however to move it a little further forward in the tray, so now it's perhaps 1-1.5cm further from the RAM.

    Powered up the PC, saw the fan spin as soon as power supplied, then it stopped immediately after the short single POST beep. Odd?

    Checked BIOS settings, all ok. After a bit of head scratching connected it to 3-pin SYS_FAN1. Worked perfectly.

    Replaced all panels and let it run for a few hours. Temperature stabilised at 42C.

    Then decided to use the normal extension lead and thus let the fan run at full speed. after a few hours the temperature stabilised at 41C, little difference.

    Clearly a vast improvement on the 50-52C previously. No idea why it stopped after POST on SYS_FAN2, not really an issue though, more a curiosity.

    Clearly with more investment I could get the temperature down a bit more, but laws of diminishing returns set in at some stage. Have to be realistic and say that after 10 years how much longer will it continue to provide all I need?




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  8. Posts : 3,995
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #28

    tpriest said:
    No idea why it stopped after POST on SYS_FAN2, not really an issue though, more a curiosity.
    Check your BIOS to see if your MB has a fan control settings.
    Some fan connectors are desired to control a specific hardware. SYS_FAN2 can be associate to chipset or MB temperature and you can set the minimal temperature to begin to speed.

    If it is the case you can set to a constant speed.
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  9. Posts : 218
    Win 10 Pro 20H2 (OS Build 19042.867)
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       #29

    Apart from CPU fan there are no other fan speed controls in the BIOS.
    Be that as it may, I'm happy with the outcome, the HDD is regularly 10-12°C below its previous temperature.

    As always, thank you to all who've helped and cajoled me.
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  10. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #30

    As an experiment, you might try sealing up all of the vents on that side panel, including the duct to the CPU........see if temps then go up or down. Might be surprising.

    I assume the Noctua is running at a fixed speed and is on a 3 pin connector? 1500 to 2000 rpm somewhere?

    I'd further assume that the Low Noise Adapter didn't audibly reduce noise other than at very close range....a foot or so?
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