Any issue with putting a computer tower on it's side?

Posted on 2014-07-15
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2014-07-15
Any issue with putting a computer tower on it's side?  The only thing I can think of is that the DVD drive is not set up to be on it's side if it's position is horizontal.  I think a vertical drive would be more conducive to lay on it's side.  Other than that, any issues?  Thoughts?
Question by:Mags
LVL 23

Accepted Solution

tailoreddigital earned 800 total points
ID: 40198211
Nope, you shouldn't have an issue.

Most DVD players have little plastic hook pieces built into the tray.   So you can still load DVDs in this position.

LVL 32

Assisted Solution

_ earned 200 total points
ID: 40198223
+1 on the above post.
I lay them down all the time, to work on them.
They work just fine that way.

Though, since this is going to be "permanent",  you might want to put some wood pieces, or some kind of "feet",  under it. Just to have a little air flow 'under the motherboard'.
You only need a finger or two. But it's not really necessary. But it can't hurt.   ; )
LVL 34

Assisted Solution

Michael-Best earned 1000 total points
ID: 40198229
The important issue is cooling.
As long as you are not blocking air flow it may be OK. but only if the tower has sufficient cooling fans ( which is not common )
The design of a tower PC considers the cooling of its components... if you think that insufficient cooling may be an issue then do not consider putting it on its side.
Cooling may not be an issue if your PC is located in a cool location with sufficient ventilation and by raising the case from the surface with rubber grommets.

DVD drives work fine in any position and thus not an issue.

Vibration and overheating are the major causes of Hard Drive failure, so plan this into your choice of loation.  

Hope this helps.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40198554
Thanks guys...great input!!
LVL 32

Expert Comment

ID: 40198571
Thank you much.    : )

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Or at least that’s the word according to a new blog from Tech Target on AWS’s new Managed Services (MS) offering. According to the blog, AWS is launching their AWS MS program to expedite the adoption of cloud by Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 companie…
Employees depend heavily on their PCs, and new threats like ransomware make it even more critical to protect their important data.
The viewer will learn how to successfully download and install the SARDU utility on Windows 7, without downloading adware.
Want to learn how to record your desktop screen without having to use an outside camera. Click on this video and learn how to use the cool google extension called "Screencastify"! Step 1: Open a new google tab Step 2: Go to the left hand upper corn…

850 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question