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  • Cold's effect on Hard Drive?

    I'm glad to read that shock doesnt have much of an effect on a hard drive, especially if some mild preventative measures are taken.

    But I live in an area that ranges from sub-frozen temps (it was 5 degrees here a few days ago), but usually has one or two days in the heat wave temps of 105, in the summer - and in a greenhouse effected car.

    These extreme temperatures worry me. I guess I can find the operating temperatures at the manufacturer web pages, and could always make the hard drive easiliy removable for days when I know will be a problem.
    Hrm. Those cradles could make it easy, and I could easily transfer data this way - better than wifi even. Okay... I think I'm answering my own question here.

    But the question still remains, how do you fare with your hd in extreme temps?

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    in general heat is more of an issue then the cold.. but people have had problems with extreme cold. I have had a drive spin up fine on a -10 morning. Here is what i'd do if you can do it. Wait for the car to warm up a bit before powering the computer on.
    '98 Explorer Sport
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    AMD 800mhz 192megs RAM 60gig hard drive 9 inch widescreen VGA
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    • #3
      Originally posted by hijinks21
      in general heat is more of an issue then the cold.. but people have had problems with extreme cold. I have had a drive spin up fine on a -10 morning. Here is what i'd do if you can do it. Wait for the car to warm up a bit before powering the computer on.

      My comp starts up with my car, I let the car run for about 10 min, and if I have an error when I get to the car, I just hit the restart button and it works great!
      BossTone74

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      • #4
        how about getting a flash-card hard drive as used in the industries? no mechanical parts should have less problems...

        I am also worried about this, this winter we had temps as low as -40
        -Mars

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