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Just booted my laptop and according to Everest, my hard drive is 11c!?! I store it at work, in an office that isn't used or heated. Then I bring it into the booth when I arrive, and shortly afterwards set it up. I never saw my temp that low before, but I might not have been looking either.

So is that a safe temp for it to boot at? Should I maybe allow my laptop to warm up a bit in the booth before setting it up? In the short time since I typed this, it's gone up to 15c and it's still climbing. It's usually around 25-30c throughout the night.

Here is a screenshot of it at 11c!

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post #2 of 17
Yes it will be fine, Hard drive start showing temperature problems at much more extreme temperatures than that.
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why would 11c be a problem?
    
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Ideal temps for HDD's are ~50C believe it or not, however, you will not noticeably diminish the lifespan of the drive in cold temps.
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post #5 of 17
Failure rates of cold drives tend to be higher than ~50C.

http://labs.google.com/papers/disk_failures.html
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Temperature is often quoted as the most important environmental
factor affecting disk drive reliability. Previous
studies have indicated that temperature deltas as low as
15C can nearly double disk drive failure rates
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Quote:
Originally Posted by microman View Post
why would 11c be a problem?
this.

11c is only 51.8 degree's Fahrenheit.
     
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post #7 of 17
Yeah.
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post #8 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackOmega View Post
Ideal temps for HDD's are ~50C believe it or not, however, you will not noticeably diminish the lifespan of the drive in cold temps.
my hard drives are always from 25-40C, is that bad ?
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post #9 of 17
From what I understand HDDs use fluid bearings, the viscosity changes with lower temps making the fluid thicker (think car oil). This causes resistance against the platters spinning which can cause wear.

I believe that optimal temps are indeed in the mid 30s, no hotter than the 50s as already stated.

EDIT: Just for s&g's I looked up the operating temps Western Digital specifies for their drives and they say safe operating temps for the Blue, Green, and Black series are all 0C-60C. I can't imagine other manufacturers being too different, so I think you will be just fine
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post #10 of 17
Wait, so I must remove the fans on my drives? They are at 32, 27 and 25ºC respectively, if I remove the fans they stay at gentle 42ºC. Would that mean less failures?

If so, I'm gonna detach it right now!


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