External HDDs getting hot.


  1. Posts : 28
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    External HDDs getting hot.


    Recently I re arranged my external HDDs. and for some reason they show up on Hard Disc Sentinal as running around 52c.
    I can explain what all the HDDs are for , but currently I have 7 external and 5 internal, 4 USB hubs.

    To narrow problem down I will mention the problem I have without going into detail the extent on the HDDs.
    If you want to ask that is fine.

    2 Seagate external drives with the 2 usb on front of each.
    One goes to 2 WD storage drives.
    Other one goes to a small usb WD drive and a notebook style external HDD.

    Both Seagate drives get plugged into the motherboard.

    All WD and Seagate drives hooked to the USB are getting hot. Exception is the small pocket drives.

    Anyone have an idea on why these are getting hot (luke warm to touch) or what I can do about it. Am I better just leaving it.
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  2. oscer1's Avatar
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    Hi i think the temps are a little high but not that bad. ideal operating temps should be between 35 and 45c
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  3. Posts : 28
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I dont understand while a drive that is not in use should be running this high, it did not run this high until I redid the connections
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  4. OldNavyGuy's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 1909
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    I would make sure there's no activity by monitoring processes.

    Could be indexing, real-time antimalware software scanning the drives, anything that would increase disk usage in the background.
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  5. MachineLanguage's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64B 1903 Build 18363.836
       #5

    Is it possible the pc power supply voltage is dropping?
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  6. Compumind's Avatar
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    @eracet -

    There are a few ways of reducing the power to those drives....

    Here's a quick resource, rather than me pontificate:

    Windows 10 How to control hard drive power down

    Ever think that you should consolidate some of those drives into a large SSD?

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  7. Compumind's Avatar
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    OldNavyGuy said:
    I would make sure there's no activity by monitoring processes.

    Could be indexing, real-time antimalware software scanning the drives, anything that would increase disk usage in the background.
    Yes, that too.

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  8. Posts : 28
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    nothing is indexing as far as I can tell. Except maybe a backup program, will have to trouble shoot that .
    As far as HDD sleep settings, there is no way to set individual drives to sleep as far as I am aware.
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  9. Compumind's Avatar
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    eracet said:
    As far as HDD sleep settings, there is no way to set individual drives to sleep as far as I am aware.
    See this -

    Turn Off Hard Disk After Idle in Windows 10

    HTH,

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