CoolDrive 8/10. Date Posted 09/08/2002.
newer hard drives are running hotter than older models. Certainly many
drives which rotate at 10000 rpm or 15000 rpm, can get very hot indeed,
without adequete cooling. Step forth the CoolerMaster CoolDrive! Essentially
this a large slab of metal that fits into any 5 1/4 inch drive bay, like
the one that houses your CD-ROM. Installation takes a few minutes. First
you need to screw the hard disk onto a metal tray, which is placed inside
the CoolDrive. This is then screwed to the main housing. Once this is
done, you can put it inside the computer. Essentially the huge metal housing
acts as a giant heatsinks that cools the drive. To aid the cooling there
is a small fan at the front of the unit, which draws air in and around
the hard disk. You can run it without the fan. However, this reduces the
cooling effect. I have to say the fan does make the computer noisier,
but this is worth it especially if you are running expensive drives.
any case the enclosure does reduce hard disk noise, and is thus a worthy
alternative to devices like SilentDrive (which reduces noise, but might
make the drive hotter). At 15 pounds a pop, the CoolDrive is a cheap way
of ensuring your hard drives last as long as possible. You do need free
drive bays though, and this might prove to be a problem for some users.