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For computers to be in a basement closet when there is moisture present in the room. I do plan to run a dehumidifier in the closet on timed intervals
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Not really sure what the question is but those silica packets that come with things like hard drives are supposed to absorb moisture as well. Put some of those in/around the server?
 
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Not really sure what the question is but those silica packets that come with things like hard drives are supposed to absorb moisture as well. Put some of those in/around the server?
He is wondering what % of moisture in the air, is exceptionable. (<SP?)

I have no clue, I guess as long as it doesn't condense you are fine.
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Ah, I see now. Ya, how much moister are we talking here? Mildew level or condensation?
 
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Ah, I see now. Ya, how much moister are we talking here? Mildew level or condensation?
depends on the season, and also depends on how much prevention i have running down there
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Good question. I imagine a mechanical hdd being the most moisture-sensitive part of a computer, but I couldn't find any specs from WD or seagate regarding relative humidity levels.

I think as long as there's no condensation you're good.

Anecdote: I run my home server in my basement and it hasn't died. And I run my dehumidifier at about "minimal" levels

So, as per internet forum bylaws, I couldn't find the info either, provided a hypothesis and a somewhat unrelated anecdote, this should answer your question completely.
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Good question. I imagine a mechanical hdd being the most moisture-sensitive part of a computer, but I couldn't find any specs from WD or seagate regarding relative humidity levels.

I think as long as there's no condensation you're good.

Anecdote: I run my home server in my basement and it hasn't died. And I run my dehumidifier at about "minimal" levels

So, as per internet forum bylaws, I couldn't find the info either, provided a hypothesis and a somewhat unrelated anecdote, this should answer your question completely.
thanks, BUT you say this with taking a grain of salt, I need to make sure that everything is ok, since 6 racks will be in there instead of out in the open so a client doesnt know what im packing
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thanks, BUT you say this with taking a grain of salt,
If you mean I was being facetious a little, then yes.

I need to get a proper humidity-meter (I'll google the real name later) for the basement. mine does get quite sticky in the summer months and it would help me set my dehumidifer better and save some money running that behemouth.
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The maximum relative humidity should not exceed 80%. If you are running a dehumidifier I would not want the humidity to drop below 20%.
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