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iStarUSA iStorm 8 Series Hard Drive Cooler

  • iStorm 8 Series
  • Cool Your H.D.D-heatsink for maximum heat dispersion
  • Up to 20% more efficient reducing heat
  • Protect your valuable investment and reduce heat-related instability.
  • Works great wi
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Brand
iStarUSA
Model
iStorm 8 Series

Spec

Specifications
Cool Your H.D.D-heatsink for maximum heat dispersion
Up to 20% more efficient reducing heat
Protect your valuable investment and reduce heat-related instability.
Works great with most Servers and PCs

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day


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  • Paul C.
  • 6/2/2014 5:24:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIneffective

Pros: Easy install.
Decent at dampening sound, I guess.

Cons: No significant change in HD temp, idle or under load.

Other Thoughts: I mounted my HD in this thing with plenty of thermal paste, mounted it tight against the heat sink, and made sure there was plenty of clearance above and below it in the drive bay. The idle temp is pretty much the same as it was before. Under load, it runs maybe 3-4 degrees Celsius cooler, tops. It's certainly not enough of a change to justify the price tag.

Only benefit I've seen so far is that it seems to absorb some of the drive's vibration rather than transferring it to the case so my rig runs a bit quieter now. If you want to spend $24 on something that can be accomplished with an ordinary soft mount, go right ahead. Otherwise, don't waste your money.

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  • Jerred W.
  • 12/10/2013 2:53:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLong time owner

Pros: It is a lump of aluminum.
No moving parts
Works to cool down drives
They look great

Cons: Adds some weight to your rig.

Other Thoughts: I have probably used mine for longer than any other reviewer here. I built my system in 2005 and used these on 2 drive in a RAID array. They work. You can feel them warm but the drives them self stay cooler than without these housings.

Would I buy them again? Yeah I think I would. I'm building a new PC right now and I'm thinking about running these again.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/26/2013 9:23:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: Looks awesome
High Quality aluminum
Lowers hdd heat by about 10 degrees without fans/drawing power
Pictures do not do it any justice, Looks 10x better
Comes with some pretty decent thermal paste

Cons: Description lacks that it's for a 3.5" hard drive, no big deal. Thought id make that clear for everyone reading

Other Thoughts: Used in a mini water-cooled build, great solution for any tight setup, as discs being used less, Just switched to a usb disc drive

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  • Anne A.
  • 8/2/2013 1:16:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great!

Pros: Installed on a WD 2TB RE4 drive that was running at a too-hot-to-handle 120F inside the case, 105-110F outside the case. After I installed the drive on the heatsink and placed it in the cases 5.25" bay, the temperature dropped to 80-85F. Wow!

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I don't understand the "utterly useless" review -- there are relatively long vertical slots along the side to mount the drive so as to accommodate variable drive heights. It was no problem getting the top of the drive to make firm contact with the heatsink surface. There is no doubt it's working judging by a 20 - 30 degree (F) temperature drop.

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  • John W.
  • 11/8/2012 8:58:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWonderful things.

Pros: Extremely high quality.
Extremely effective.
Excellent airflow.
Stylish.

Cons: Price.

Other Thoughts: Extremely effective drive cooler that takes advantage of a properly balanced air flow through the case, front to back. Visually, it adds a wonderful look to the case.

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  • Dylan P.
  • 9/16/2011 8:59:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt works!

Pros: Very impressed so far. I installed 4 of these in 6-disc UnRAID server in a Zalman MS1000-HS2 with 5-1/4 drive gap between each. With a single 140mm Noctua fan venting at the top back the drives are all reading 8 - 10 Celsius cooler. With the active fan cooling in the Zalman swappable HDD bays they averaged 38C... now with NO fan they are 28-30C.

Although I'd read the circuit-board side of the HDD is the hot part, I spread the silicone over the metal label side and squished it down nice to spread it around. They loaded easily and slid right into the case with all screws aligning perfectly.

The remaining two drives are both SSD otherwise I would have ordered 6 of these.

The two final

Cons: Some instructions would have been nice, but it was fairly self-explanatory.

Other Thoughts: I'm aiming to get my UnRAID box as quiet as possible. These really really helped to stifle HD noise and keep the drives cool with extra fans.

A+++ WOULD BUY FROM AGAIN.

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  • Brian W.
  • 3/16/2011 3:15:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLooks Cool

Pros: It looks cool and is well built. Comes with thermal paste.

Cons: Ordered 2 of these, and the drives I used with them really did not sit flush against the heatsink. These really need some time of spring loaded screws in order to tighten them down.

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  • Diego A.
  • 10/7/2010 1:46:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great!

Pros: This product works great. My SATA Seagate HDD 7200RPM 120 GB Model: ST3120026AS fit right into it. My HDD would normally heat up to 52 degrees celcius on idle, but now with this heatsink installed it is 39degrees celcius and I'm playing music, runescape, and running a antivirus scan at the same time. I used up all the silicon and placed a bunch on the top of the hdd, after removing the label, and on the sides of the hdd. When I slid the cooler the excess silicon came to the edge and I cleaned it off. There are no instructions but it's pretty straight forward and easy to install. I think you will only have problems if your HDD is not the 3 1/2 inch size and can't fit into the HDD cooler. Also this HDD cooler takes up a 5 1/2 inch bay, like a CD-ROM drive.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I have only three fans in my computer, including the powersupply fan, and two of the fans have voltage regulators on them to control their RPM. I have their dials set to the lowest. I really did not want to add another fan to the internal to cool the HDD, so this product was the right solution for me. My computer is quiet now and I can finally hear music in Windows media player at the lowest volume setting.

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  • Joseph P.
  • 2/9/2010 9:57:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUtterly worthless

Pros: None at all.

Cons: There's just no way that any meaningful quantity of heat is going to be conducted from the drive into this assembly.

It is designed such that the drive must mount with the label-side facing the flat machined surface of the heatsink. Although a prodigious amount of thermal grease is included, the cover of the hard drive is itself not thermally coupled in a meaningful way to the chassis.

The mounting screws (to mount the drive into the heatsink) install only from the sides, and sadly there is a considerable gap between the inner side mounting surfaces and the outer sides of my drive (a Hitachi Deskstar.)

If it were possible to mount the drive with the motor-and-circuit side facing the flat surface of the assembly, and screw it in from the bottom, then it would have been a great product. Without that, it was just $18 down the drain.

Other Thoughts: Honestly, even if you're rendering video to a 10,000 RPM drive, you don't need a fancy cooler. Just mount the drive in a location where it's not covered top and bottom and receives good airflow, and you're golden.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/4/2010 12:30:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHow to Install a fanless Cooler

Pros: I know that after all of the positive posts that I have read about fanless coolers lately that I am going to like it. So I gave it 5 eggs Just never installed one of these before. Yes I have built all kinds of computers from new builds to refurbishing them. I just ordered a fanless hdd cooler it is called Basic Cooler Win-7509 for $17.99. My question is" which way does the hdd install in it, label side facing down inside of cooler, or greenboard facing down inside of cooler. and where do you apply the silicone heat sink paste.

Cons: No cons, just knowledge needed about this item.

Other Thoughts: First time I ever installed a fanless cooler to see if it works or not. Thank's guys for the info. in advance.

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