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|8th March 2004, 21:33||#1|
passive cooled HDD housing
on #1 of my priority list: get my backup/linux machine up & running again. I'm using a 20GB HDD in it and it's pretty loud.
JMke hinted me he put an HDD of him in a CD rom drive, and so I've placed the HDD in a CDrom housing, stuffed with isolating mats. the HDD got isolated and the temps were high.
I'm building it in the drive now. not only it will be mounted inside with screws, it'll get some proper cooling too. I'll use aluminium profiles to conduct the heat of the sides (there the HDD creates most heat) to the top of the CD rom drive. I'll get another profile tomorrow and put those U profiles on top of the housing
I'm wondering, what thermal interface material should I use to improve the heat transfer? thermal paste is too expensive for this, because I'll have to cover about 120cm² for the Alu profile (connecting the external case and the HDD) plus about 200cm² for the heatsinks on top of the drive
so eh... what stuff would I need to improve the contact between the metal parts? it may only cost less then 5€ as this is a ghetto mod. it would be nice if the thermal interface material can fill pretty big gaps, because the side of the HDD is not flat and there are pretty big gaps in the side of about 1mm deep.
|8th March 2004, 21:47||#3|
|8th March 2004, 21:50||#4|
Join Date: May 2002
there's tape out there that does almost the same, used between HS&memchips on videocards
but I don't know where you could get it though, maybe @ that same store?
|10th March 2004, 07:10||#6|
the HDD is only 20GB and is thin, so it doesn't generate very much heat. when the HDD was in the CD-rom drive, it was isolated and the heat couldn't get away. the HDD was over 50° after a while, and the CD-rom drive housing was feeling warm too.
with this system I want to give heat at least a chance to get away, so it does not stay inside the housing creating a nice glasshouse effect
|10th March 2004, 09:15||#7|
Join Date: Oct 2002
I also think ordinairy white goop is the best option.
If you're really planning on removing the drive that often, get a seagate.
Put brain in gear BEFORE engaging mouth.
|10th March 2004, 11:38||#10|
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