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 users 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.