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[wlug] External USB 3.0 SATA + WD1600 ---- Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE CDB: Read(10): 28 00 00 00 00 80 00 00 08 00

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Elroy elroy@i...
Sat Dec 10 18:11:02 NZDT 2011

Fitted drive to external case, started copying data on to it, went OK 
for ~20 mins, started making awful noises, then couldn't read from drive 
any more.

Had mounted drive in ext case and laid it horizontal - had 4 little feet 
to raise it off the surface it was laid on to aid in cooling so did not 
use vertical mount stand it came with.

Ext case was extremely hot to touch - maybe 40-45 degrees C.

I let it cool down, thinking I had cooked it.

A day later I fitted vertical mount, and tried copying data off it.

Using smartctrl? I got the drives ambient temp, was around 33 degrees C 
after about 30 mins of mainly idle time.

Set it to read ~20GB data off again, it finished, then started making 
horrible noise again.

At this stage I read the smartctl drive temp again and it read 53 degrees!!!

This was AFTER it had been idle for 10+ mins!!!

Max operating temp for drive is 55 degrees C - I'm guessing it was above 
this during the copy operation.

I had a closer look at ext. case.

Has an aluminium plate for one side - due to bad location of drive 
mounting holes the drive sits off of this plate - so no direct contact 

Also there are NO ventilation slots in case - it looks like there is, 
but are not vented.


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