There are plenty of ways, nowadays, to add premium cooling solutions to your computer. There are CPU Coolers, video card coolers, audio card coolers, case fans, and much more. One of the areas that many people overlook, though, is probably one of the biggest heat generators in the computer: the hard drive.
Hard Drives are Hot Stuff
There are many items inside todayís computers that generate heat, and lots of it. Without cooling fans and heatsinks, at a minimum, our computers would fry up and become about as useful as a doorstop in no time. But many computer users who add cooling to their systems donít bother cooling their hard drives.
Lets think about this for a second. How many components inside todays computer systems (besides cooling fans) have moving parts. Hard drives have round platters inside them that spin at very high speeds (I used a 7200 rpm drive in my tests). Movement means friction, and friction means heat. In addition, the motors that spin the platters also generate heat since they keep the drives spinning at a constant speed at all times (while the disc is in use). Finally, the heads, which actually read the data on the platters are constantly on the move, jumping from here to there to read bits of information so they can reassemble the data your computer requested. And yes, that means even more heat. With all of this heat being generated, what can you do to manage it?
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