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    If you can find one. You need a small silicone heating pad/tape. 12v sized to the size of your SSD. Then you can wire direct with switch. Flip switch on for a few min to warm up the SSD then good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    If they have similar characteristics to PC RAM, then they should do quite well in the winter.
    QFT. It will work as well as any other piece of silicon at sub-zero temps. In others words - really, really awesome. There is even the freezer trick to rescue FDB drives.

    Quote Originally Posted by Curiosity View Post
    So you could probably assume a little beyond those numbers, but at -40 I'd think it might reduce the life heating and cooling down often.
    Cold will extend its life. Haven't any of you ever visited an overclocking forum? http://forums.extremeoverclocking.co...d.php?t=137454
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    LOL. No, there's a difference between freezing and compensating for heat. Overclocking to 49GHz raises the core temp to melting temperatures in microseconds. Having a constant supply of -200C directly on the heatsink keeps it from burning up. It's still running quite hot. They didin't say how long it lasted did they? But yeah, everything around that is subjected to stress when heating up and cooling down and that's -200C so it would be a good example of extremes if we knew.

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    Cold prolongs the life by reducing damaging electron migration and the effects of the voltage running through it. Processors don't "melt." Liquid nitrogen is even used to cool some supercomputers 24/7. Bottom line, cold by itself is nothing you have to worry about with electronics.
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    I owned a OCZ Summit that worked fine in winters here in NC. Booted up around without issue on 0C to -5C mornings.
    I updated it with a Vertex 2(Edit... this is just a first gen Vertex, not a vertex 2.), and this winter has been issue after issue. It just does not boot up when it's < about 5C. I get an error booting into windows, and have to keep the PC on for about 5 minutes until it is warm enough to boot. I had also updated the motherboard at this time, so it may not be the drive itself and may be the storage controller. I may have to try and swap the summit back in to see for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eigenVector View Post
    I owned a OCZ Summit that worked fine in winters here in NC. Booted up around without issue on 0C to -5C mornings.
    I updated it with a Vertex 2, and this winter has been issue after issue. It just does not boot up when it's < about 5C. I get an error booting into windows, and have to keep the PC on for about 5 minutes until it is warm enough to boot. I had also updated the motherboard at this time, so it may not be the drive itself and may be the storage controller. I may have to try and swap the summit back in to see for sure.
    Same with me - also with a Vertex 2. This is the first winter with this drive. My old WD sata drive worked fine for the past two winters.
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    Correction... I thought the drive I had in the trunk was a Vertex 2. It's a first gen Vertex.

    Also, upon further investigation, my situation has gotten weirder. We had a very cold week this week with lots of snow, and the temperature barely reached above freezing. During this entire time the drive had no problems booting into at all. The weekend came and the temperatures reached just above freezing, and immediately I am encountering problems getting the drive to work. I keep getting a disk read error, or on occasion a 'missing operating system' error. I let it warm up for about 5-10 minutes, and it boots up just fine. It seems there's either something else going on, or the drive just doesn't like being slightly above freezing. I'm doing a full disk check now while it's operating successfully to see if it comes up with anything. I still may just switch back to the Summit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eigenVector View Post
    Correction... I thought the drive I had in the trunk was a Vertex 2. It's a first gen Vertex.

    Also, upon further investigation, my situation has gotten weirder. We had a very cold week this week with lots of snow, and the temperature barely reached above freezing. During this entire time the drive had no problems booting into at all. The weekend came and the temperatures reached just above freezing, and immediately I am encountering problems getting the drive to work. I keep getting a disk read error, or on occasion a 'missing operating system' error. I let it warm up for about 5-10 minutes, and it boots up just fine. It seems there's either something else going on, or the drive just doesn't like being slightly above freezing. I'm doing a full disk check now while it's operating successfully to see if it comes up with anything. I still may just switch back to the Summit.

    thats very strange, because i own a first gen vertex as well, and this is the 2nd winter its been in and absolutely no issue whatsoever. Temp around here is +35*C to -35*C or even lower at rare occasions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Punky View Post
    thats very strange, because i own a first gen vertex as well, and this is the 2nd winter its been in and absolutely no issue whatsoever. Temp around here is +35*C to -35*C or even lower at rare occasions.
    Thanks for the response. Perhaps something else is going on after all. I ran a full check disk on it and it came back with no errors. Performance benchmarks are just as good as ever. I did upgrade motherboards since using the Summit so perhaps something is going on with it or maybe I've just got a weird vertex.

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    i would put the summit back and see if the problem still exist. if it works fine with the summit, then you might have a faulty vertex.
    then i would try a different vertex drive to see if the problem still there.

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