USB hard drive overheating at

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Open DV Discussion
For topics which don't fit into any of the other categories.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old August 6th, 2006, 03:16 PM   #1
Inner Circle
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Atlanta/USA
Posts: 2,509
USB hard drive overheating

I have recently started using an external 3.5 inch hard drive for video editing. When I put my hand on it, it feels kind of hot...

So I was wondering, is this thing going to succomb to heat? It's a 250 GB Samsung that I myself mounted into a CP Technologies aluminum enclosure. No holes for circulating the air... it seemed kind of odd to me, but I thought it's because it won't overheat. Well, it does!
Ervin Farkas, CDVS
Certified Legal Videographer
Ervin Farkas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6th, 2006, 08:32 PM   #2
Regular Crew
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
Posts: 182

I have several external USB hard drives, each from a different manufacturer. They all have vents.

If I were you, I would drill some holes in the case, on the bottom side, without the HD in it :).
- Jesse
XL2 - Vegas - DVDA - Sound Forge - Acid Pro - Cubase SX 3
Jesse Redman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6th, 2006, 10:19 PM   #3
Inner Circle
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 4,750
Hard drives do need to stay cool, otherwise they will fail if they get really hot.

Some enclosures have dual fans in them, and are made of aluminium. So cooling should be good, especially if one fan fails (i.e. if the thing only had a single fan, a failure would be bad).

2- With your existing drive, you could potentially put it somewhere cooler (i.e. on the ground / not somewhere hot) and/or have a fan blowing on it if you feel that it isn't cool enough.
Glenn Chan is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

(800) 223-2500
New York, NY

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Texas Media Systems
(512) 440-1400
Austin, TX

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

(800) 323-2325
Mineola, NY

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:00 AM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2019 The Digital Video Information Network