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POLL - NewerTech miniStack - Runs hot

 
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Does it run too hot/too noisy/poorly
It runs great for me. I recommend it!
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It runs too hot.
0%
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Its too noisy.
25%
 25%  [ 2 ]
It runs too hot & is too noisy.
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
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ninjamini
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 2:57 pm    Post subject: POLL - NewerTech miniStack - Runs hot Reply with quote

Does it run hot or operate normal.

I'd like to keep this to the people who own it - Please.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I voted for too noisy. The fan is really buzzy. The only time the fan turns off (for me anyway) is if I shut the mini down, which in turn makes the drive spin down. When I restart the mini, it's not long (15-20 minutes) before the fan in the stack spins up.

I gather that the fan is on b/c it's hot. However, the heat itself is not a problem for me per se. I have my mini and my stack actually on their sides, standing on end so to speak. Even when several inches apart the far on the stack stays on. Oddly I'm getting used to it but I'm considering returning it for a mini mate which I understand to be fanless.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm happy with it thus far. I don't believe that it is too hot or too noisy. The fan comes on at intervals but does not stay on all the time for me. I have found that a very good deal of heat was actually coming off the bottom of the Mini. I don't believe that it is healthy for either unit having them stacked directly on top of each other. I've seen mentioned elsewhere on this forum the addition of feet on the bottom of the Mini. This creates some needed airspace which I believe is a very good idea. I have some clear adhesive backed feet I picked up at Radio Shack for a couple $ and have added them both to the bottom of the Mini and the bottom of the miniStack. This creates airspace under each unit.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have mine spaced 4-5" apart and the fan in the stack never turns off.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Mini is on top of my MiniStack. My comptuer is in a very warm room. Yet I'm pleased to say the Stack's fan does not come on that often. It been working well for me so far.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got an RMA# from OWC today and will ship it back for a replacement tomorrow. Hopefully my second one will behave better...

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey,
Any of you guys who are *not* experiencing the continuous fan problem...are you using the ministack as a boot drive or just external storage?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

anthonymoody wrote:
Hey,
Any of you guys who are *not* experiencing the continuous fan problem...are you using the ministack as a boot drive or just external storage?

TM


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I did boot off of it for a couple days when I first got it and noticed the fan coming on periodically but it did not run continuously. I don't think the fan really sounds that loud when it is running. I think you did the right thing by contacting OWC. Did they give you any feedback as to whether what you were experiencing was typical? Hopefully your results will be better with the replacement.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not using it to boot off of. Just for storage.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They didn't really give me any color except to say that it should cycle on and off...

Anyway, I'm zapping the drive now, will mail tomorrow. I'll post when the new one arrives...

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