Today we are looking at
a hard drive cooling device from Cooler Master.
The enclosure is all aluminum and the base serves
as a heatsink. Cooler Master even included a thermal
pad that covers the exposed circuit board on the
underside of your hard drive, for increased cooling
and sounds dampening. The CoolDrive Lite is supposed
to be able to reduce your hard drive temps by
up to as much as 41%.
Features and Specifications from the Manufacturer:
All aluminum case with heat sink bottom and high
performance thermal pad for maximum cooling efficiency.
* Integrated 44mm blower, bottom and front panel
venting for total HDD cooling.
* Reduce hard drive surface temperature and noise.
* Fits any 5.25” drive bay and any brand name
* Supports both IDE; SCSI & SATA standard.
* Designed for DIY applications, can also be used
for RAID towers, severs, industrial PCs.
x 43 x 203 mm
blower fan, 3000 RPM+/-10%, 23dBA
1.5A +/- 5%
Lite fits any 5.25” drive bay and supports
IDE; SCSI & SATA standards. The enclosure itself
is made up of 2 main pieces. The top part of the
Cooldrive Lite is made up of the faceplate which
contains the 44mm fan and the top cover. The top
section also has a thermal pad to help with cooling
and noise reduction.
half is an aluminum heatsink where you physically
mount your hard drive. The thermal pad (above left)
covers the exposed circuit board on your hard drive
and then you secure the hard drive in place using
6 screws. The screw holes have soft rubber surrounding
them to help reduce vibrations that you’re
hard drive produces.
can see the rear of the CoolDrive Lite. You will
notice all the aluminum fins that makeup the base
of the enclosure. These fins are what will draw
heat away from your hard drive and with the assistance
of the front fan; efficiently dissipate the heat,
increasing hard drive stability and life span.
testing we are going to use a 7200 RPM Western Digital
80G JB hard drive with 8MB cache. To get started
we will take both idle and load temperatures without
the Cooldrive Lite installed, then we will test
again with the hard drive installed in the enclosure
but without any fan running and finally with the
fan running. In order to achieve our load temperatures
we will be capturing video from an external source
and copying 30 GB of data from one drive to another.
Ambient room temperature is 19c at the time of our
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Lite was a very pleasant surprise, it is appealing
to look at, extremely easy to assemble and more
importantly it really works! The CoolDrive Lite’s
cooling abilities speak for itself as it was able
to reduce idle temperatures by 4c and load temperatures
by 9c from around 44c to 35c. It’s not the
41% claimed on their website but it is around 20%
cooler so using the CoolDrive Lite will be benefical
in helping ensure the stability and protection of
your data. Another added benefit is that it will
reduce hard drive noise.
nothing bad to say about the CoolDrive Lite and
after looking at various online vendors you should
be able to easily find one of these in the $45 CAD
or around $40 USD price range. A truly great product
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