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Using the "zip" bay can cause a heat-related problem.
Authored by: Panjandrum on Sep 07, '05 04:33:37PM
I've been running a 120gb drive in my 3.5" "zip" bay for years now (this is in an older G4 Sawtooth). Since it is an ATA/33 bus instead of ATA/66, I use it for things like my MP3 collection, where speed isn't an issue. However, I strongly advise that you ADD COOLING to your tower when you do this. That drive bay is extremely enclosed, and running a hard-drive in there is obviously not something Apple really intended. A Zip drive doesn't create much heat, but a hard drive does. After installing the drive I noticed that disk in my optical drive were heating up much more than they previously did. I opened the system and I could barely touch the metal frame around the 3.5" drive it was so hot. I went to a local computer store and bought three small fans and attached them, blowing INWARD across the drive. I bought fans that each had a power "y" adaptor on them and ran their power cables up beside the drive bay (not easy). I just removed the plastic plate from the front of the tower and used a thick gel-type superglue to attach the fans in place. They don't interfere with the optical drive bay door, but it is a close-call so test before you permanently attach them. The end result is a drive that runs cool and doesn't cause any overheating of the optical drive above it. Here is a link to a quick snapshot of the fans:

David Butler

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