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    laptop hard drives are fluid bearing, but desktop hd are not. Hence they're better in the cold. SSD although said to have operating temp of 0*C, i wouldn't be surprised to see them working well below -30*C.

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    i have an issue with this too. plus, sometimes my touch screen will turn blue, then gradually turn every pixel white. strange.

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    Wrong. Lots of desktop HDDs are fluid bearing as well.

    EDIT: Quick example http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144102
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    If you have access to a somewhat heated garage, maybe just try a simple test of parking the car as it is setup currently in a garage lets say at 45-55 degrees F for a few hours and then boot it up and see if the problem goes away... cheap and easy test before you go spending money and find its not what you thought...

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    You're right, i guess they're a lot of fluid bearing right now. Must be for the quieter performance.
    But all my car's hard drive has been wheel bearing drives (old used ones). They work great for the cold, but only last about 1 winter, then i just swap it out for another. I believe there are still plenty of wheel bearing HD around. So have a look at ur local computer store.

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    Well I removed all my USB devices today and the computer still locked up except this time it locked up on the XP logo screen. The temperature last night was the coldest since the computer started locking up to this might explain the quicker lock up this time.


    Quote Originally Posted by BlackStealth View Post
    Keep in mind most SSD drives don't recommend operating below 0C.
    Yes but a lot electronic equipment has an operating range of 0-70 yet they still operate below freezing. Like my old MP3 player and my cell phone. I would trust an SSD to run at or below freezing.

    Quote Originally Posted by nobb View Post
    I thought that the main reason hard drives dont work in the cold is because they fail to spin up fast enough as the fluid bearings become viscous. Usually if the drive manages to successfully spin up and boot, then the system has no problems after that.
    I thought that too and that is whats throwing me off is that my computer will boot all the way to the desktop. Well except for this last time.

    You can check if it is your drive by taking it indoors and leave your system out in the cold. Then while the drive is still warm, quickly connect it and see if you get any problems.
    I guess this is the next logical step. I was not wanting to take the computer apart because its a little bit of a pain.

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    If you're gonna buy an SSD drive just buy the version that operates below 0C. You don't want to make the mistake of purchasing equipment twice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Punky View Post
    laptop hard drives are fluid bearing, but desktop hd are not. SNIP
    This is not accurate. Some drives are offered only in FDB others offer both and some only with out FDB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckinMP3 View Post
    This is not accurate. Some drives are offered only in FDB others offer both and some only with out FDB.
    Quote Originally Posted by Punky View Post
    You're right, i guess they're a lot of fluid bearing right now. Must be for the quieter performance.
    But all my car's hard drive has been wheel bearing drives (old used ones). They work great for the cold, but only last about 1 winter, then i just swap it out for another. I believe there are still plenty of wheel bearing HD around. So have a look at ur local computer store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tidder View Post
    We already covered it Truckin.

    Thanks, read the rest of the thread after I posted that.
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