Painting Hard Drive ?

By r1_forever
Apr 4, 2004
  1. Does anyone think painting a Hard Drive in high temp engine paint would do anything adverse to the drives performance or longetivity? I want to spray it in metallic blue as I have a Clear Case that has a blue tint to it. I have done the CD/RW in it and it looks great, but I'de love to finish it off now so to speak.
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    I don't think you'll be in any more danger than you already are with a mechanical disk drive. ;)
  3. BrownPaper

    BrownPaper TS Rookie Posts: 407

    would the paint insulate the heat from the hard drive? if yes, would it make that much of a difference?
  4. lalaji

    lalaji TS Rookie Posts: 136

    Id say go for it and buy a hard drive cooler. That way you should be fine.
  5. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Nah, you'd be fine. I wouldnt even take the caution of getting a hd cooler. I doubt the paint would insulate the heat.
  6. Moimit

    Moimit TS Rookie Posts: 76

    that would rock. nice idea just like when i tried to put radiator fluid in a friends water cooling. i just say go for it.
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,675   +389

    The paint unless you are brushing it on real thick will have a very minimal insulative effect. Provided you keep the paint out of the breathe holes you should be just fine.
  8. r1_forever

    r1_forever TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27


    Thanks for the advice guys. Think I just needed some pushing in that direction. Will let you know it goes and post a pic.
  9. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    That'd be great. I'm sure it will turn out pretty neat in the end.
  10. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Good idea, maybe if I run across a less subtle (maybe a lightish, UV reactive) red paint I should try that with mine. I haven't done anything for my computer recently aesthetics wise, and that may be a cool spring break project (since I'm not going anywhere :() I would only do the part that's stickout and you can see, if I were you, that's all i would do - no point to do anything beyond. Painting the metal on the side of my drive encasements would be cool too...
  11. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    You'll invalidate the warranty, but I guess you already know that. I wouldn't do it to a brand new drive just in case.
  12. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    So I shouldn't do it to my 74GB Raptor? ;)
  13. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Not until the 5 year warranty runs out. ;)
  14. Hitman`

    Hitman` TS Rookie Posts: 41

    Heh, that drive paint wouldbe pretty awesome. i have a clear uv case myself and i wanna make those stand out like my fans, cables and case do. i wanted to spray paint my cpu fan, a turbine cooler, and my drives. let me know how it goes, most liekly ill follow suit if you dont run itno anything.

    good luck :)
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