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Zalman ZM-2HC2
4.9 out of 10

Zalman ZM-2HC2

Cools HDD for more stable operation Reduces HDD noise and Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Zalman ZM-2HC2

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Overall 8
8.0

pretty nice

Ryan R., Newegg
11 May 2009
  • Summary: I transferred about 40gb to the drive in this cooler while also transferring about the same amount of data from it, the drive sat at 31-32c the whole time. The drive is a 500gb 7,200 rpm WD, and while it doesn't have any direct airflow on it (especially over the top of it, where the heatpipes are)...
  • Pros: looks decent, seems sturdy and installs easy. I can't hear the hdd in while it's running defrag.
  • Cons: not sure how well it cools. i got it so i could add a 3rd drive to my lanbox shuttle case since the two 3.5" slots in the actual hdd cage were occupied by my raid0 drives. I had never had this drive in this shuttle case b4 i installed this, so i dont have any prior temp readings, and the raid dri...
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Overall 8
8.0

At least part of of the product description is right...

Anonymous, Newegg
27 June 2008
  • Summary: Very easy to install. Just remember to make sure the drive bay you select has good ventilation, since we are talking about passive cooling here.
  • Pros: Definitely does the job on the cooling side. I have a Raptor 150 GB on the pipes, and it runs comparable, temperature-wise, to a Seagate 7200.11 with a 120 mm fan pointed at it.
  • Cons: NP - not really. Though it was kind of expected, which is why it still gets 4 stars. I suppose it does dampen a bit of the vibrational noise - it would probably help if the drive bay mount points weren't as well made. Though my Thermaltake case has pretty good mount points, so it didn't help as m...
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Overall 8
8.0

Won't fit in some slide out trays

Jeffrey C., Newegg
11 May 2007
  • Pros: Zalman=Quality
  • Cons: I own an Antec P150 pc case. This hdd cooler is too wide to fit in the hdd slide out tray. I suspect the same goes if you own an Antec P180 case. Returning for refund.
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Overall 8
8.0

Looks Great Doesn't Really Cool...

Sanders M., Newegg
8 October 2006
  • Summary: Eggs anyone?
  • Pros: Love zallman's fan less approach and seems like it reduce hard drive noise but that wasn't my problem. As usual great price on newegg!
  • Cons: Cooled my drive only a few degrees... still to hot for my taste, 44c! I loved the idea of not having to use a fan to cool my hard drive but I ended up installing one anyhow.
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Overall 8
8.0

Super Idea - needs improvement

Ross M., Newegg
10 August 2006
  • Summary: Eliminating one heatpipe in the middle and adding a hole to bolt the center of the mating surface to the third hole in the center of all/most harddrives would drastically increase the contact area. It's possible for qualified users to make this retrofit.
  • Pros: Flashy appearance, Very effective against vibration and noise transmission. Somewhat effective against heat. Perfect for mounting in server towers with only 5 1/4" bays!
  • Cons: Major gaps between harddrive and mating surface of cooler.
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Overall 8
8.0

Quality Control issues

Ross M., Newegg
21 May 2006
  • Summary: I got 2 of these units and had to inject arctic silver epoxy into some of the holes to stop pipes from rattling. And added a thermal tape between the unit and the harddrive. The ground wire was easier to feed thru a slot and screw in on the outside of the drive cage (easier than the way it is...
  • Pros: These things look great. They are way better and quieter than the fan coolers I have owned and way simplier than the water cooled options. They do actually work solving the somewhat minor heat and noise problems associated with newer/larger/faster harddrives.
  • Cons: Poor quality control. The heatpipes are poorly "crimped" into the aluminum rails and the units are not square on any axis. There are loose pipes that come out easily and light is visible between the pipes/rails and rails~harddrive.
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Overall 8
8.0

Decent product

John F., Newegg
9 February 2006
  • Summary: Kind of expensive for what it is, but it gets the job done.
  • Pros: Practically eliminates seek noise, reduces the high-pitched whine of older hard drives a bit, does seem to cool the drive.
  • Cons: Doesn't eliminate that much high-pitched whine in older ball bearing hard drives. Perhaps that's a non-issue since most hard drives nowadays are fluid dynamic bearing.
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Overall 8
8.0

Worked for a while

Daniel L., Newegg
3 February 2006
  • Summary: If you want your drive quieted down for a while buy this.
  • Pros: Worked for a while.
  • Cons: I bought this about two months ago and I loved it. When I first put it on my hard drive boot and loading was dead silent. All of a sudden the noise came back and it didnt work anymore. I took it apart and reinstalled it with no success.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Chi-yang T., Newegg
28 December 2005
  • Summary: not too bad!
  • Pros: quiet a little bit
  • Cons: maybe cooler?
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Anonymous, Newegg
27 August 2005
  • Summary: these are great, they not only make the drive a bit cooler, but the seriously suppress noise. the little rubber feet make the drive vibration much quieter.
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