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    What should be an optimum HD operating temperature, or a safe maximum operating temperature?
    I'm running 4 HD's in my case with 2 case fans, a CPU fan and a power supply fan, and my WD 750 GB still gets up to 44-45 C when fully operating.
    I have my power settings to spin it down when access hasn't happened for 45 minutes and it drops down quite a bit then.
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    The HD manufacturer may list specs for maximum temp of it's HD. These vary among manufacturers. For Example Seagate lists 0 to 60 as the operating range for all of it's hds. All manufacturers should have this info available.
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    The lower the better imo.
    I have both my heavy use drives, (the 2 raptors) inside hard drive coolers.
    The rest of them, (2 2TB, and 2 1TB drives) sitting behind the intake fan in the front of my case.
    I would say anything above 45-50 is way too hot for my comfort.
    This is their approx. average idle temps...
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    Clint,

    What program are you using to get all that temp data?
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    That's it.
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    It seems my Graphics Card is the hotspot in my laptop (attached image marked in blue) My HD is running relatively cool (attached image marked in red) This does make sense as my Graphics card has 1 GB of onboard RAM. I suspect things would run cooler if I had onboard intergrated graphics, but I might suffer a hit with performance.

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    I will have to check my wife's setup as she has an integrated video setup on her laptop (Same basic model of Sony as mine)

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    As you can see her's does not even show a graphics temp. Now to be fair, I had recently turned her laptop on so it did not have time to heat up to it's max temp.
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    [attachment=89839:Temps.jpg]

    Here are my HD temps at idle, but you can see from their max values they get warm during the day's use.
    I've maxed out the case fan configuration and the concern only comes on a hot day in my office.
    Should I be worried, or just live with it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mercyh View Post
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    Here are my HD temps at idle, but you can see from their max values they get warm during the day's use.
    I've maxed out the case fan configuration and the concern only comes on a hot day in my office.
    Should I be worried, or just live with it?
    HD temps don't look to bad at all. You can safely live with most of those temps.
    The MCP temperature, your Southbridge, looks is a little hot at load, but a better heatsink or a small 40mm fan might do the job.
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    > The lower the better imo.

    This may seem correct, on first impression, but research is now
    showing that there is a "sweet spot" for optimum HDD temps.

    One factor is the viscosity of bearing lubrication:
    cold lubrication creates more drag on the axial bearing.

    Also, all materials swell and shrink as temps rise and fall:
    given the extremely close tolerances of an HDD's internal
    mechanical parts, expect manufacturers to take that physical
    reality into account when designing, and assembling, those parts.


    From my reading, I seem to recall a recent study by Google, Inc.,
    in which they found that max cooling did NOT prolong HDD life.


    MRFS

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