LiveBrianD, on 08 December 2012 - 03:10 PM, said:
So I was reading elsewhere that hard drives tend to have the lowest failure rate when at 35-45C, and much higher ones when colder. Damn - my WD tends to run at about 32C in the winter, and the Samsung runs at about 28C. (probably about 5C hotter in the summer) In this case, is this anything to worry about, and should I try to reduce ventilation to keep the hard drives in the optimal temp range?
(the entire front of the case is a vent, with the hard drives right in front of it, and I don't have any front fans - only the 120mm in the rear and 140mm on top (both came with it).
Overall, the cooler something is, the better it runs. Just from a statistical thing, let something with a PCB in it overheat and well, it dies...
Things hard drives don't like are extreme changes in temperature, let them warm up and cool down as designed.