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Old January 19th, 2004, 12:03 PM   #1
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Cooling and new SATA HDD

Hi guys,

I'll go a bit out of subject here :-)

Two days ago I installed a new HDD in my machine - a Serial ATA 150 Maxtor, size: 200gb.

First everything worked just fine - but after a while I got a message from windows telling me that "write cache data is corrupted for drive f:" ( the new drive ). So I installed new drivers, updated BIOS and re-formatted the drive, but alas, still the same problem.

Opened the machine and felt a terrible heat! The new drive was about +70 C. Re-mounted my drives in special hard-drive boxes with fan holders. Now everything worked, but the drive still got hot.

Just out of curiosity I switched from using the special SATA power cable to a standard power cable(the HDD have both connectors) - and after that the drive stays at +40 C. I can't explain why, but I felt that I wanted to share my experiences!

I'm upgrading my machine for the big project :-) Will receive a Canopus Storm2 tomorrow - then I'll be ready to deal with 2 weddings and 15 hrs of "home videos" that I've put on hold for some time.

Some notes on the HDD:
I bought it especially for video editing, it has "slow" access time, 12.5ms, slow burst ( 66mb/sec ) - BUT it delivers 52mb/sec continuously and that what matters for me! If you are about to upgrade your disks, I can recommend a visit at: If you're interested in profiling your own disk, please visit: ( look for HDTach ).

Best regards,

Lazze Z

Sony HDR-CX130,Canon 5DMKII,i7 930@4.0, 12gb memory, 3x SSD + 2x1Tb(stripe), Geforce 480, Dual 24", Win 7 x64
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Old January 19th, 2004, 04:07 PM   #2
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