Juast noticed when installing a a application from a CD which took around 20 mins the CDwtr/DVD Combi drive underneath on one area of the casing got very hot and that hot it could burn your finger/hand. this area under the drive was directly under and about 1" in from where the 4pin power molex connects.
Is this normal for them to get this hot or it it a faulty circuit in the drive itself
If they are getting hot to the point where you cannot physically hold them I would worry (usually a sign the drives on the way out). Dont worry if you get a shock however and just have to leave go as it was unexpected thats a reflex reaction and not the same thing.
Having the side case off prevents a proper flow of air through the case to cool components - in fact I had one particular mobo with a Bios that detailed the case temperature with the case open or closed..:-)
I've never yet taken out a CD-R from my TDK CD rewriter that was anything other than cool. Any heat buildup would, I presume, be dispersed by the speed of the disk during burning.
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