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My WD hard drive get's to 50c when under full load

A website shows their temperatures under full load


Is it safe?
I don't want to waste money on an extra hdd fan if 50c under load is fine.
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what is your ambient temperature
Mine is idling around 22-23 degrees now
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post #3 of 11
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Idle temperature is 42c.

My hdd in an enclosure (with fan) idles at 35c + load is 45c.

I need to somehow position my fan so it can cool the hdd and the northbridge (it gets very hot) at the same time...
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post #4 of 11
Wow I first thought 42 was ambient.....someone needs a new AC.

Anyways...what is the ambient temp. That's the temperature of the room/environment where the computer is. If you're room is 40c, a drive at 50c isn't as big of a deal as a room at 20c with the drive at 50c.
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post #5 of 11
42 degrees ambient.lol His computer must be in the oven.
My room is about 18 degrees now and Har Drive is idling at 23 degrees now
.So yeah a few degrees above ambient is normal.
Otherwise just install a good fan behind the hard drive
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post #6 of 11
just get a fan and be safe
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post #7 of 11
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My room is 17c. I'm in England we don't use AC. It's always cool

I just checked again. And the hard drive is 46c under load now...

At night the hdd is warmer because I close my door and windows.. and I put the hdd on top of the cdrom drive when I took that reading. I've since moved it onto the proper hdd tray thing inside the case and it's 46c at load (but climbing slowly)..

When I say 'load' I mean I'm reading and writing (inverting 0s to 1s and back again, four times) at full force.

Yah, my case totally sucks. No side panel even XD The motherboard is being held up by a piece of wood also... I should take a photo >.<

I guess I don't need to worry. 30c idle and 46c extreme load seems fine. but it is raising slowly
Edited by antd - 5/18/09 at 5:59am
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post #8 of 11
Well, safe temp is 45c and below. If its hotter then that then the life span will shorten. gl
    
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post #9 of 11
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Well, safe temp is 45c and below. If its hotter then that then the life span will shorten. gl
Crap... I just did an accurate test:
My HDDs idle at 47c (I'm in a 18c room)
The new WD 640AAKS which I just installed idles way lower at 37c :-s

Looks like I need another fan V__V

EDIT: Ahh, I put the drives too close together. Now they are separated they are merely 38c idle. Toasty.
Edited by antd - 5/19/09 at 10:48am
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post #10 of 11
I was just about to make a thread on this. I'm 38C idle for the sig rig in a 15C room right now. The past few weeks were hot (it's unusually chilly right now) and it would go up to 43C and stay there with the AC on. During the winter it would be on 32C.

I always hated the heat. I can't sleep in it, and now I can't even play my PS3 or use my PC for too long because of a fear of overheating.
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