Hot SATA drive

Seagate Baracoda 200 GB SATA vs Western Digital 200 GB IDE Drive

The seagate drive has good reviews for performance. But the review often note it runs hot.
No problem I thought. I got two !
Big mistake I think.

I recently lent the drive to a friend. it was hanging out of the side of the computer in the open air and it’s temperature was 40 degrees !
The Western Digital was mounted in the drive bay of the computer, and it was only 29 degrees.
That is over a 10 degree difference. When you think that the OS and the swap file is on the western digital it is even worse. It is working much harder in a hotter enviroment and it is not just a little cooler, but over 25% less.

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