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Old 7th June 2009, 8:46 PM   #1
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Default Do SSD's run hot like normal HD's?

I have a Thecus N2100 NAS that is setup with debian and used as a 24/7 torrent box. It has 2 HD's cooled by a piddly little 40mm fan and bugger all air flow, so it gets quite hot and has a constant tick from the hard drives.

I was thinking about installing some SSD drives in it to get rid of the noise, but was curious about how much heat these generate? Do they run "hot" like a normal hard drive, or are they more like a really big USB key and not generate heat at all? Also, how do these go with ambient heat, are they more susceptible to heat related failure than a normal hard drive?

As for performance, would I be correct in saying these are significantly quicker than an ordinary hard drive when used as an OS drive?

Thanks for the responses.....
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Old 7th June 2009, 8:52 PM   #2
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You'd be crazy to put SSD's in a NAS, you actually looked at what they cost?

Yes, they run cooler, not cold though, warm to the touch with no forced cooling on them.

Worth getting for an OS drive or as a high performance working drive in media editing, high performance server or such, defiantly not a torrent NAS
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Old 7th June 2009, 8:52 PM   #3
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They use less power than normal HDDs, but they still generate heat. They should be significantly better at handling high temperatures than normal HDDs are.
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Old 8th June 2009, 8:19 AM   #4
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Luke warm to me.

They barely get hot.

If you put a fan on them I reckon you'd be able to cool your beers on them.
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Old 8th June 2009, 8:34 AM   #5
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Around $250 for 60Gb and $500 for 120Gb at the moment for SSD drives..

I'm guessing this torrent NAS of yours doesn't require much space?
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Old 8th June 2009, 8:45 AM   #6
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I have a Thecus N2100 NAS that is setup with debian and used as a 24/7 torrent box. It has 2 HD's cooled by a piddly little 40mm fan and bugger all air flow, so it gets quite hot and has a constant tick from the hard drives.
How hot is hot for you?

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I was thinking about installing some SSD drives in it to get rid of the noise, but was curious about how much heat these generate? Do they run "hot" like a normal hard drive, or are they more like a really big USB key and not generate heat at all? Also, how do these go with ambient heat, are they more susceptible to heat related failure than a normal hard drive?
SSD's get warm, but it really depends on the drive. Personally i would go for some Western Digital "green" drives, they spin slower, use less power and should reduce the amount of heat they dissipate....plus they would be a lot cheaper than anything on the market.

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As for performance, would I be correct in saying these are significantly quicker than an ordinary hard drive when used as an OS drive?
Yes they can be significantly quicker than a ordinary hard drive, but they also cost you an arm and a leg.
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Old 8th June 2009, 9:20 AM   #7
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Around $250 for 60Gb and $500 for 120Gb at the moment for SSD drives..
At best. Be nice if the prices started coming down a bit.

My Team SSD ran warm but not hot, so it wasn't unlike a regular HDD.
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Old 8th June 2009, 9:33 AM   #8
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I think you would be better off buying some WD green drives, they run cooler than most hard drives, and you get a lot more storage capacity for the same price.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=11123
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I think you would be better off buying some WD green drives
However they are not SSD drives.
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Old 8th June 2009, 5:46 PM   #10
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Im guessing the op is after a bit larger SSD's if thinking NAS..
wich leaves either OCZ Z Drive or something from BitMicro..

OCZ Z Drive
Read speed (max), Write speed (max), Sustained write speed, Expected price
250GB 450MB/s 450MB/s 200MB/s 950
500GB 510MB/s 480MB/s 200MB/s 1,450
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Old 8th June 2009, 7:51 PM   #11
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I am pretty sure no one would want or need a ssd for a torrent box that requiers shit all speed.
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Old 8th June 2009, 7:58 PM   #12
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y not just get a 5400rpm 2.5" drive

you can get up to 500gb and they don't really get that hot or use much power

much cheaper per gig as well
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Old 9th June 2009, 12:06 AM   #13
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However they are not SSD drives.
No shit sherlock, but they'd still be significantly quieter and cooler. However i can't recommend them, both of the GreenPower (EACS) drives i've had (one was an RMA drive for the other) failed in less then 3 months . I can't even be bothered RMAing the one i have because i'll probably just get another reconditioned EACS drive back which will die again.
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Old 9th June 2009, 12:42 AM   #14
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rowen, get yourself a dremel and cut bigger fan slots into your nas. A SDD is wayyy to expensive for a NAS, and not very efficient, your downloads are streaming from the internet afterall! To stop noise, just put it into a cupboard, and/or keep it away from you bed when you sleep lol.

The other choice is to use these - http://jaycar.com.au/ShowLargephoto....%20Duct&IMAGE= to aim the fan at the hard drives and try and increase directed air flow.
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Old 9th June 2009, 5:08 AM   #15
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SSDs are known and sought after for speed not temps. So if speed is not a priority, then you'd be crazy to blow cash on a couple of SSDs for a shit-all NAS. A mod would probably be better off.
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