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SSD: Keep It Cool

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals, Quick Tips

If you’ve got an unplugged computer with a solid-state drive or an old solid-state drive (SSD) that you’re keeping in a drawer somewhere, make sure you aren’t letting it get too hot.


Alan Cox from drive maker Seagate warned usersĀ  that once the temperature gets up into the 80s an SSD will only retain data for about a year. If the temp gets past 100, that time can be reduced to 6 months. In fact you can start losing data after only a couple of weeks.

It’s easier than you’d think for a closed-off room to get pretty darn hot. Now an in-use computer shouldn’t get this hot as long as cooling systems are working, but it pays to make sure drives are stored in cool conditions and if you notice that your computer is getting hot, get it looked at. And, of course, don’t forget to back up all of your important data.

~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “SSD: Keep It Cool”

  1. Adrian F. says:

    In other words IF YOU LIVE ANYWHERE EXCEPT THE POLES do not buy!
    Especially SOUTHWESTERN DESERT like AZ where it hits 115 daily in the summer!

  2. Paul Curtis says:

    This is really concerning and is the first time I have heard this. Seems like if you have a laptop with a SSD drive don’t ever leave it in your car where temps will go way over that in a short time on a sunny day. Maybe Seagate and other manufacturers should concentrate on making these drives a bit more sturdy to cope in the real world instead of just making them bigger and faster.

  3. Claude Green says:

    I do not believe that the 80 degrees is farenheight, all drive temperature specifications are in Centigrade and this is about right for the Centigrade readings. I did look it up for the Intel SSD’s and the numbers are just a little higher if you are using Centigrade. I call on Clay at Seagate to put up or shut up. Claude

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