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My Hard Drive is melting
My Hard Drive is melting –
After a few day i got into HDLoader thing, i notice my hard drive is had melted on the bottom. Just below the motor of the hard drive. I though the cover part is metal, but now I know it's hard plastic.
I use a 250 gb maxtor. I'm afraid it might light up on fire one of these day. I don't know what cause this to happen, but i guess, it's the MODE 3 because it cause the hard to spin like crazy. Any theories?
Does this happen to anyone yet?
as long as I let my aircon on, my harddisk stays very cool even I play for 10+ hours continuously. Mode3 should not be a problem as I play WE8LE(mode3 enable needed) with my friends for long hours. Maybe it is due to your size of HD? or rpm? or some games like GTA SA which constantly reads data from disc, from HD in case of HDLoader.
I strongly suspect high rpm to be responsible for most cases of overheating drives. Remember that high rpm with decent response time means humongous acceleration, and that costs a lot of energy, much of which will end up as heat...
Originally Posted by lostinnil
Also, since the PS2 really can't handle the top throughput speeds of a modern HDD, the higher rpm of the 'top-grade' drives will be wasted. A slightly older and slower drive is likely to produce almost exactly the same throughput speed on a PS2, but without any heat problems.
Unfortunately there is a conflict, in that we do want more GBs, and that usually means newer drives and thus (in most cases) higher rpm...
Best regards: dlanor
yeah best is like a 2mb cache and 5000 something rpm what size range do those come in
You'd be surprised how hot the HDD get. My HDD is external, but it registers as around 90 degrees F after around 4 or 5 hours of gameplay. I have a Vantec LCD HDD rack. Imagine in the PS2..... it must be cooking quite a bit I think!
V7 PS2 Messiah 2 Pro Mod
/ Seagate 200GB 7200 RPM HDD
Ext HDD Mod
Works Like a Charm! Already filled up all 183 gb!
PS2 needs a cooling mount to keep the system and the HDD from heating up.
Havent found anything out there like this.
Noticed how hot my drive was getting soon after installing so I took a hot knife to the bottom of the my PS2 and a grinder to the metal drive bay. Realized this left the system pretty vulnerable to dust so I covered the hole with a thin dust cloth that matched the paint job to let it breathe.
The drive stays significant cooler now, even when the PS2 is left horizontal on a carpeted floor and airflow it obviously at its worst. The only time the drive gets warm is when it's connected to the PC while WinHIIPing!
So yeah, something like this might be worth considering if you worry about the drive's welfare.