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Just noticed my hard drives where getting pretty hot to the touch. Measured temps and saw my one hard drives was in the 50's C. Is that too hot? What temperatures are unsafe?
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Yes. Hard drives really should be between 30 and 40C. 55C is an emergency. One more degree and you're outside safe operating temps.
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No, it's fine. Actually, research says that Hard Drives have longer lifespans when they're at high temps rather than low.
    
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Hmmm...don't know who to believe.

Does anyone have a article or studies they could link me to so i know what to believe?
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Originally Posted by crimsontears809739;13344440 
Hmmm...don't know who to believe.

Does anyone have a article or studies they could link me to so i know what to believe?

If you want to be completely sure, just run a SMART diagnosis and make sure everything is running right. What Hard Drive is this, BTW?
    
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Western Digital drives are rated for 5 to 60C.

WD Green spec sheet

(Actually that sheet is for newer drives. Older ones might not be so tough.)

Even so, you want to keep them below 45C. The failure rate increases dramatically past that temp.
Edited by AblueXKRS - 5/1/11 at 2:56pm
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Originally Posted by LOL_Wut_Axel;13344424 
No, it's fine. Actually, research says that Hard Drives have longer lifespans when they're at high temps rather than low.

That sounds...wrong (depending on what you call high temperatures I guess). I will eat my words if you show me some evidence, though tongue.gif

Anything above 50 degrees and you should really get some better cooling.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by crimsontears809739;13344389 
Just noticed my hard drives where getting pretty hot to the touch. Measured temps and saw my one hard drives was in the 50's C. Is that too hot? What temperatures are unsafe?

55°C is far too hot; you need to cool that drive immediately or risk damage and data loss.

If you aren't in a naturally hot environment and have reasonable cooling in place, then rescue your data and RMA the drive.
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Originally Posted by LOL_Wut_Axel;13344424 
No, it's fine. Actually, research says that Hard Drives have longer lifespans when they're at high temps rather than low.

LOL Wut? That Google research paper showed that the rate of hard drive failure increased dramatically above 40°C. 55 was off even their scale.
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If it's running hot and hitting the threshold like that I'd recommend checking on your warrenty
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Originally Posted by LOL_Wut_Axel;13344424 
No, it's fine. Actually, research says that Hard Drives have longer lifespans when they're at high temps rather than low.

how is it fine..?

http://static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrusted_dlcp/labs.google.com/en/us/papers/disk_failures.pdf

from another website "Maximum HDD Temperatures

Each drive can have a different safe maximum temperature, but a reasonable operating temperature range is 30C to 50C (86F to 122F).

If your hard drive exceeds temperatures of 50C (122F), you should add additional cooling to your case or directly to the hard drive.

You don't want your hard drive to stay near the maximum levels for long periods because the higher temperatures will shorten the life of your hard disk drive.

Here is a quote from the Seagate/Maxtor site about hard drive temperatures:

All Maxtor ATA, SATA, and SCSI drives can operate with or without a fan, providing the hard disk temperature does not exceed 131°F (55°C) as measured from the top cover of the drive. Reliability will be compromised when the drive is exposed to temperatures above 55°C or 131°F. When in doubt of your system's ventilation capabilities, or ambient environment of your hard disk, add an extra cooling fan to the drive bay or system case to force air across the drive. "

30-40C is the sweet spot.. anything even after 55 would probably have your hd failing in no time
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