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    My maxtor 20gb hard drive wont spin up when the outside temp is less than 40 degrees F. Does anyone else have this problem? I checked out the specs on most of the big name drives and most have operating temps listed at 5 to 55 degrees C, which I think 5 degrees C is around 40 degrees F. Are there any hard drives that can operate at lower temps?

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    thats ridiculous...mine both work fine at below 0C

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    Maybe laptop hard drives work better in cold temps. I have a Neo 35 mp3 player that only uses a regular drive for a desk top computer. I also have tried a western digital hard drive and it did the same thing. Right now I have a heater that plugs into the cigerette lighter to warm it up. After it warms up it works fine.

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    i dont know if its my drives, but i have horible stability/booting problems when its cold out (18F this morning in chicago). ive got an old 2gb segate medalist and a 60gb wd.
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    Hmmm...I did not have any cold related problems with either desktop drives or my current laptop drive. Are you sure it's not a power supply issue?
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    I'm not surprised - After all, read the manufacturer's operating temp specs. Usualy it's a moderate temperature range around 50deg-110deg F (Just looked it up on WD's site: Their drives operate from 41-131 deg F)

    Western Digital's specs on a 20gb drive

    Anything higher or lower will result in safeguard shutdown. Interestingly enough though, it can take 65G of shock for 2ms while operating... that's pretty resiliant!

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    It seems like something is strange with all those operating temps. I suspect they only test from 5 to 55 C, cause almost every HD out there claims that is their operating temp. Probably many of them work at higher and or lower temps.

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