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    ok thats an option , but i have to ALWAYS open the trunk to put the disk in it

    so not very friendly option i think
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    hi again

    no see i was going to mount the disk cradle in the center armrest.
    with a usb extender. so the computer can be in the back

    hope that helps
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    I've never had a problem with my Western Digitals in NJ winters. Only thing that didn't wanna work was the PSU but only when it was under 30F. After the truck warms up she'll start fine.
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    Update:

    For the last 2 days I have been trying a Seagate Barracuda drive in my CarPC. In its specs, Seagate lists 0C - 60C as the operating temperature (5 degrees lower that most other hard drives). They also claim it can withstand more G's of shock that other drives.

    Anyway, to make a long story short, it was fairly cold last night, and the PC didn't startup any better than it did with the maxtor drive. I'm starting to wonder if its really the power supply (PW-60) or RAM (Kingston Value RAM) that doesn't like the cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sigma957
    Update:

    For the last 2 days I have been trying a Seagate Barracuda drive in my CarPC. In its specs, Seagate lists 0C - 60C as the operating temperature (5 degrees lower that most other hard drives). They also claim it can withstand more G's of shock that other drives.

    Anyway, to make a long story short, it was fairly cold last night, and the PC didn't startup any better than it did with the maxtor drive. I'm starting to wonder if its really the power supply (PW-60) or RAM (Kingston Value RAM) that doesn't like the cold.
    RAM likes cold. So do processors and chipsets. It's the nature of integrated circuits to like cold. It's the stuff with moving parts that you've got to worry about.
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    i put a temp sensor on ly harddisk , and it realy likes +5degrees celisius, below it doesnt like it much.

    what about a heating system ?
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    Well with any electronics you want to warm them up before using them. Failure to do this will cause lots of thermal contraction and expansion which will eventually decrease the life of your hardware or just wreck it if it wasn't designed to accept below opperating values. Which technically nothing is

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    Since it got below freezing around where I live I ran into the problem that the HDD sometimes won't start until it got a little bit warmer inside the car.

    That is why I took a old Peltier that I used to use for overclocking the CPU and attacked it to the HDD. It gets warm quite fast and I can start the PC about 30 secs after I turned on the Peltier. It is a bit dangerous though, because if you forget to turn it of there is a chance you fry your HDD. That is why I am currently soldering up a timing device that turns off the Peltier after 90 secs.

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    cool do you have pics ?
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    Nope, unfortunately not since I don't have a Digital Camera, yet. Maybe after Christmas

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