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How hot is 2 hot for a HDD

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Im wondering this. Im now running my Western Digital Drives in Raid. Well This is what I did not thinking about it. I put the first Drive all the way up Very top of the HDD bay and the Second drive 2 bays below it to Breathe.

Well today looking at my Temps I noticed the very top HDD was around 51-52c. Not thinking about it when you put the Drive at the very top Bay there is really no room for it to breathe. No holes or anything & its extremely close.

Now that I removed it and put it one bay lower & the second drive another bay down both drives are reading 38c

Do you think at those temps I could of harmed the drive? The drive was Very hot to the touch
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50 °C is getting up there, but I'm not sure if it's actually going to harm the drive.

I remember there was a Google study a couple of years back where it showed higher temperatures did not lead to more failures in newer drives, but did in older ones. How old is your drive?

Let me see if I can find that paper.

Source: Google Labs
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no I think you will be fine. around 50C is the max safe temperature. above 60C - over the limit but will not kill your drive instantly. My 150gb maxtor ran at 55C for 6 years and is still running strong. So if it ran that hot for only a few days you should be fine, if u ran it at that temp for a few months, maybe a concern maybe not. all hdds will fail its just a game of luck.
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