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Re: How hot should a hard disk get?

"Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message 
> __/ On Sunday 28 August 2005 18:47, [Philip Herlihy] wrote : \__
>> I've put a new Seagate 40Gb disk into a rather nasty little case, with 
>> not
>> much room for the disk to "breathe", although nearby surfaces are
>> (conductive) metal.  It's getting very hot during an installation (and
>> it's
>> been running all day).  So hot that if it was any hotter I wouldn't want
>> to
>> touch it.  As hot as a recently made mug of coffee - stimulating on the
>> hand which holds it but not uncomfortable.
>> Is this normal?  If not, what would cause it?  I noticed the previous 
>> disk
>> was also pretty hot (um...) just before it conked out.  Ooo..er....
> If you cannot fry eggs on your hard-drive, you know something has gone 
> amiss
> and your hard-drive does not perform properly. Hard-drives should be able
> to endure high temperatures unlike processors that can melt if you do not
> provide them with a functional fan.
> I remember quite well that my friend could not even /touch/ his 
> hard-drives.
> He has this arrangement whereby he shelves the hard-drives, sliding them 
> in
> and out depending on who uses the machine. I have never heard of an
> overheated hard-drive, but I have seen a hard-drive explode... I was about
> 14 when I mistakenly did this... never mess with the screws while the
> hard-drive is spinning. Smoke of death...
> Roy
> -- 
> Roy S. Schestowitz        UNIX: Because a PC is a terrible thing to waste
> http://Schestowitz.com

Interesting, the max temperature for Maxtor drives is 55 deg C above which 
data loss can occur.

THe following URL gives some interesting thoughts about cooling etc


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