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by Alan Melle on Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:28 pm
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The fan controller in my Fractal Design Define R4 PC case has apparently died, as both fans stopped working at the same time. There are 4 internal HDs installed in every other drive bay, which allows about 2 inches of clearance between drives. Removing both side panels allows the computer to continue operating with the hottest drive running at 35 degrees C. Is this a safe temperature to continue using the PC for extended periods of time or should I limit usage to short periods and only when necessary?

Fractal Design is shipping a new fan controller to me today I shouldn’t have to run without the fans more than a couple more days.
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by signgrap on Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:55 pm
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With the sides off your computer you could place a small external fan to blow into the computer which would keep everything cool till you get your new fan controller.
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by bradmangas on Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:19 pm
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35 centigrade is not excessive heat. But you may not really know when temps spike due to processing demands. Heat is the number one enemy of anything electronic. I wouldn't push your luck to far. I would recommend making the needed repairs as soon as possible.
 

by Jeff Colburn on Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:10 pm
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Hi,

I use the free version of Speccy https://www.ccleaner.com/speccy to track internal temperatures. The temperature will go from green to red when things are getting too hot.

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by E.J. Peiker on Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:11 pm
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Well since those are the same drives in tight external housing enclosures and they usually last a couple of years, it's probably OK for a couple of days.
 

by Alan Melle on Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:36 pm
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Thanks for the replies and suggestions everyone I did dig up a small fan and that helped keep the hottest drive below 32 degrees C. I use HD Tune Pro to keep track of the temperatures. I also have been turning the PC off when not in use. Fractal Design was late shipping the new fan controller but it should be here today. Thanks again.
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