Windows 10: Heat doesn't kill hard drives. Here's what does

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  1. Posts : 13
    Win 10 Pro x64 & x32
       08 Mar 2016 #11

    I'm a bit worried about the high humidity. My machine gets very dusty so I hose it down about once a month. I wonder if this will shorten the life of the disks?
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  2. Posts : 83
    Windows 10 x64 Insider
       08 Mar 2016 #12

    swarfega said: View Post
    I no longer use hard drives.
    swarfega said: View Post
    I dont have a backup service. I use a local NAS. The NAS uses WD Reds.
    So you use hard drives.. WD reds are hard drives. You just lied to us
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  3.    08 Mar 2016 #13

    I know for a fact that high heat does kill hard drives... I've seen it in poorly ventilated PC's with monster video cards over and over again. The humidity is fine because it's in an air conditioned room.

    This study is about data centers, which generally have good ventilation, but they're not using air conditioned air, so it's probably a bad idea to draw conclusions about other environments.
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  4. Posts : 20
    Windows 10 Build 10586 x64
       09 Mar 2016 #14

    It will feel weird if PC's had no hard drive and it would still work
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  5. Posts : 2,279
    Windows 10.3 Home 1703 x64 (Home per choice)
       09 Mar 2016 #15

    When I used computers, I used HDD's boxes, they do not just lower temperature, but prevent dust and humidity.
    But one of the killers is also turning HDD on/off, that includes power saving and sleep, better to disable it.
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  6. Posts : 283
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 1607 (14393.726)
       09 Mar 2016 #16

    I have a 500gb SSD (Samsung 850 Evo) and have stopped using Mechanical drives. I backup my stuff to a NAS with 3x2tb WD Reds
    and that seems to be ok for me. My NAS is in an area that is a constant temp and so I am confident this won't be a major issue?
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  7.    09 Mar 2016 #17

    Yea my NAS is in a room thats not used much and the heating is off so its quite cool. Ideal conditions!
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  8.    09 Mar 2016 #18

    VBs said: View Post
    So you use hard drives.. WD reds are hard drives. You just lied to us
    No I didn't. I said I don't have hard drives IN my computer any more. Sure they are used for my NAS because theres no suitable alternative if you want the space and SSDs are still not reliable or large enough yet.
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  9.    09 Mar 2016 #19

    Hi there

    Don't drop them on to Granite floors from a height either. !!!!

    As far as high humidity is concerned - that will more or less kill any electronics - and if you are near a coast too the salt in the air will be as efficient as concentrated Sulphuric or Nitric Acid as eating into the metalwork.

    At least where I am that's not an issue at all at any time of the year !!

    @swarfega SSD's are perfectly large and reliable enough for NAS boxes -- I'd love to get 4 X 4 TB SSD's for my box so the whole thing could be the size of my router / cablebox with no heat / fan etc etc. Google and Amazon use large SSD's in their datacentres already -- the main problem for us "Consumers" is the cost which actually IS coming down in leaps and bounds.

    By this time next year decent high capacity SSD's will be "reasonably" affordable a 4TB SSD probably about 1.5X the cost of a decent 4TB spinner at todays prices.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10.    09 Mar 2016 #20

    JImbo or get 2 x 16tb SSD (the new ones)
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