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  • Cold Weather vs Hard Drive

    I've seen other threads where people try to figure out what's happening to their computers in cold weather, but I have a more specific question:

    What hard disks are you using that boot in cold weather at all?

    At the moment, I have a Maxtor Model 8 6E030L0 30GB 7200 RPM drive. At exactly 35 degrees F, when I turn on the car (typically in the morning) the POST will report 'Primary Hard Disk Failure'. After 5 minutes or so, I need to unplug the power (for lack of a switch) and restart the computer and it works fine. Checking the spec sheets from Maxtor, I see that the Operating Temperature is rated at a minimum of 41 degrees.

    On checking other drives from other manufacturers, they all have similar operating temperatures. I was wondering what drives you use that either 'beat' their rated temperatures or what methods you use to avoid the problem.

    Thanks in advance,
    --Ed

  • #2
    I have a Maxtor... Denver cold weather has not been a problem in 3 or 4 years. Most of that was parking on the street (not garaged overnight).

    Sometimes the cold causes a bit more noise until it warms up.
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    • #3
      i live in upstate, NY.. it can get very very cold. I've booted my maxtor 60gig on a -15F morning.
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      • #4
        Could you guys give me model numbers of your Maxtor drives? It dawned on me that mine has a feature called "Fluid Dynamic Bearings" or something intended to reduce noise output.

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        • #5
          Mine is an old 8.4gig... sorry I am not going to pull it out to look at the model number... No "Fluid Dynamic Bearings" though.
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          • #6
            ****, i have a 40gb IBM 7200rpm (not installed yet) it would suck if cold weather will be a problem. IT SNOWED LIKE 2 FEET ToDAY
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            • #7
              Snow...stupid Arizona. Today's low was like 50. Heat might be an issue. We'll see in August.
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              • #8
                as least you can use fans, but what do i do on the -20F days here if my hard drive doesnt work well in cold weather
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                • #9
                  Just overclock an Athlon XP with Palamino core. That'll produce a good bit of heat...

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                  • #10
                    i hope your kidding
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                    • #11
                      I got a maxtor in mine and no problems yet. I live in Wisconsin and it has allready been below freezing a few times. Maybe try an older drive if you continue to have problems. that's my .02 sorry for lack of better answer
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                      • #12
                        If cold is an issue. Can't you just warm up the car for a little bit and then start the system...
                        Danny.

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                        • #13
                          Yeah but the hard drive is metal so its going to take a long time to come up to the same temp as the rest of the car.

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                          • #14
                            I don't have a prices but you could take a look at http://www.watlow.com/products/heaters/

                            These might work.
                            Angelica

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                            • #15
                              Do not add heat to you system. Look for a different solution.
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