Don’t Do This to Your Computer – Day 1
I thought it would be fun to resurrect our old “Don’t Do This to Your Computer” series of case history photos. Over the many years The Computer Wizard was in business in Plano, Texas (over 16 years) I collected a very interesting assortment of images from mistreated computers. On our old website I had a full gallery with descriptions of these – our Wall of Shame – but not wanting to overload the website with superfluous data, I have decided to occasionally publish some highlights on the blog. This is for both education and entertainment, as some of these are so ridiculous as to seem obvious to almost anyone. Others, however, are more obscure issues that may not be so obviously wrong.
Today’s snippet is perhaps less obvious to most people. The image name is “StackedDrives” and it shows two hard drives stacked directly on top of each other, one of them upside down. The orientation is not an issue, as you can install a hard drive right side up or upside down – or vertically for that matter. The drive will work find as long as it has ventilation. When you sandwich them together like this, the heat buildup is pretty extreme, causing premature failure and poor performance. Do NOT do this! If you look at this image closely you will notice there was plenty of room to mount the lower drive at the bottom of the drive cage and allow some air flow – which is what we did to rectify this issue in the shop.