Thanks trellabor, lemme know if you need any extra info
. And sorry deus, I can give you a prototype and directions, but that's it
. However, I had some free time before New Year's Day dinner today, and I think I solved the HDD temp problem
. I at first tried making a little fan for the PCMCIA slot using an 80mm vantec stealth fan and a plastic bag that attached to the slot. I modded the fan to run off USB power, but the problem was that 5v was just too low of power and most of the time wouldnt start the fan. Also, the fan would draw a ton of hot air over the harddrive in addition to drawing air away from the video card fan, so all the components got much warmer than without it. After scrapping that, I came up with the idea of isolating the hard drive.
I cut a jewel CD case into slots and slid them in between the PCB of the mobo and the HDD enclosure.
Then I super glued anti static foam at the top so that it would make a tight seal when the palm rest was pressed down on top of it.
Here are three views of the "shield" in place
. As you can see, it's a tight fit but it definitely shields the HDD. I ended up adding another piece of foam at the corner and bringing the two plastic slides together so that there would be a tighter seal. Also, I think it creates kind of a tunnel effect over the fins of the RAM sink, so air that's drawn towards the fan in the back should pass over them I would think. Anyway, the HDD stays at least 5C cooler now, I'm very happy with the results