Problem laying down tower comp?

April 15, 2005 at 06:08:36
Specs: 98, na

Is it ok to lay down a tower computer on its side? I am replacing an old, old model that is in a custom shelf for manufacturing, which was make for the old cases. To get the new tower model to fit, I will have to lay it down. Or does this cause problems, particularly with cd's?

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April 15, 2005 at 06:22:55

It is fine to put it on its side but unless the cd-rom has notches or clips to slip over the edge of the CD so it wont fall out while loading you wont be able to use the cd-rom on its side. Most cd drives have small notches on the edge of the cd tray to hold cd's in and some old drives have little clips to pull out or small bars to flip over to hold the cd in.

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April 15, 2005 at 08:28:52

yeah, most optical drives can work on their side.

The only thing I'd be concerned about would be the hard drives. They can work sideways too, but if I remember correctly, it's best to format/install when it's already sideways (I don't know if it was a myth, or if hard drive technology is different now). It should still work either way, it's just a recommendation I believe

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April 15, 2005 at 08:39:22

If you have case fans on the sides this would impact cooling. Plus the other cooling in the case was designed with the case standing upright.

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April 15, 2005 at 09:03:58

I don't think your HDD cares about its orientation. Just don't bang it around.

I've used HDDs in all sorts of orientations and never had trouble.

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April 15, 2005 at 09:21:40

Badboy is correct in that the HD doesn't care how it is positioned. As for the fan cooling orientation, it is possible to have an effect over a long period of time. I have once serviced a place where all towers were laid horizontally to fit into the custom-made furnitures. I couldn't run the diagnostic CD and I had upright the tower for that operation.


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April 15, 2005 at 10:58:19

Believe it or not, HD orientation was once a problem. It was back in the old, old days. It might have been in the pre-IDE, MFM days. Toelrances are much better these days.

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April 16, 2005 at 02:00:00

They, meaning NASA, are shooting these things in to space in all sorts of equipment. I really don't think it matters what direction you point them. The catch here is not to move them when their running. The platter acts like a gyro and will flex as you move it around. Turn it off, lay it down, turn it back on, don't move it.

I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid...

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