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The typical PC case is not designed for filtered air. Apparently there was a conscience design decision to not require periodic filter maintenance, That is, if the filters are not cleaned (which is likely for the lazy consumer) then the equipment will quickly overheat. The typical PC case relies on negative case pressure (the fans blow air out) and ...


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Generally fans suck the air inside and air leaves your case at the other holes. So intake holes are the ones where you have fan behind. When you won't have dust inside the case then nothing will be able to build up around the holes.


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3 pin fans are voltage controlled only, feed less voltage to them to get them to slow down. An older fan that the lubrication had not been maintained, or just the usual cheap Sleeve bearing fan would have trouble starting up at lower voltages, although it might start-up properly at full voltages. Once started (as you noticed) it will run. Antec has/sells ...


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Since you mentioned plastic parts, this could also indicate a grounding problem in your computer. If the drives are insulated from the chassis (no metal mounting), then they are only grounded through their power supply cables, which should be good enough, and very close to the grounding of the signal pins, but might not be if there is poor grounding ...


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Based on your explanation, I would assume that the issue is with the connector or drive controller. The likely answer is the drive; it's far more complex, so more things can go wrong. Vibration can exacerbate whatever issues your drive may have been having, or it may just be a coincidence that it began failing around that time. Usually the SATA cables fit ...



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