Re: Western Digital hard drives are garbage
From: kony (spam_at_spam.com)
Date: Wed, 01 Jun 2005 15:40:40 GMT
On Wed, 01 Jun 2005 12:17:17 GMT, email@example.com (Bob)
>On 31 May 2005 22:01:49 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>>I'm the same as pjp, I've not had any problems with WD drives, either.
>>Their Raptor drive also works very well for me.
>I believe the enemy is heat. Those who have good luck with HDs manage
>to keep theirs cool.
>I asked WD tech support what they considered the safe operating
>temperature for their drives and they replied that 15 - 55C. I have a
>temp probe (SMART) on my WD SEs and they run no hotter than 40C when I
>My case has places for 4 fans in the front and 2 of them are directly
>in front of the internal 3.5" bays. That way you can blow air from an
>80mm fan right over the disks.
>I also have a Kingwin KF-23 removable bay with 3 fans - 1 in the bay
>and 2 in the drawer. With the tray in the bay 24x7 the hottest I have
>seen the disk get is around 40C. Uusally it rides around 37C when
>Windows is idling.
>I also have the Enermax 352 RAID/Backup unit with its 60mm fan. The
>drives in there run about the same as in the other locations.
>There is no excuse for frying a HD anymore.
Nonsense. Drives kept far cooler than your removable bays
can manage and ran from very high-end power still fail.
Heat or power "can" easily damage drives but are most
definitely not the only causes.
In that regard, WD drives are a little worse than many as
their flipped-circuit-board design protects parts from
physical installation (scraping) damage better but also
reduce the airflow further to the PCB mounted parts.
Regardless, they do usually stay cool enough with moderate