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PryGuy
April 30th, 2009, 07:20 PM
Good day to you!
Hddtemp just shown me that my Western Digital WD2500JS is 59C (138.2F). I got this computer under the table in a special shelf. Is the temperature critical?

SuperSonic4
April 30th, 2009, 07:21 PM
Lower would be better but 58 isn't catastrophic

Spiritous
April 30th, 2009, 07:24 PM
I agree... It's fine... Don't worry ;)

garythegoth
April 30th, 2009, 08:05 PM
Is it a Quantum Fireball?

PurposeOfReason
April 30th, 2009, 08:08 PM
Despite what everyone has said, it really depends on the HDD in question. In this case, a WD Caviar shouldn't be getting that hot unless there is a lot of IO activity. And I mean a lot. Throw in a fan in front of it and you're good.

PryGuy
May 1st, 2009, 08:22 AM
Well, there's one thing that worries me, my GFs PC that stands near has Seagate HDD that is 35C (without activity). About the same Inwin case, no fans at all...

binbash
May 1st, 2009, 09:10 AM
mine is max 51 under heavy loader.59 is a little high in my opinion.

jespdj
May 1st, 2009, 09:51 AM
59 degrees Celsius definitely sounds very hot for a harddrive! In my opinion, it is really too hot and it's not OK!

I had problems with a Seagate harddrive in a desktop computer when it became hotter than 50 Celsius. I put a special harddisk cooler on it (with two small fans) and the problems went away.

You should really check if your computer is adequately cooled. Make sure that enough air can flow through the computer, open it up to see if there are no cables or other things in the way that can obstruct airflow.

mister_p_1998
May 1st, 2009, 09:59 AM
Id try putting a case fan in front of the drive blowing over it. Ive done this before (in my home server) and lowered the drive temperature by 15 C!

Steve

disturbed1
May 1st, 2009, 11:07 AM
Is it a Quantum Fireball?

You owe me a keyboard :P


This is for a WD3200JB


Operating Temperature and Humidity
Temperature 5C to 55C (41F to 131F)



And for the 2500AAJS


Temperature (English)
Operating 32 F to 140 F
Non-operating -40 F to 149 F
Temperature (Metric)
Operating -0 C to 60 C
Non-operating -40 C to 65 C



I would get a fan on it. Heat will quickly destroy your hard drive. Run a complete smart test on it as well. If it has been running that hot for a while, it could be near failure. Run the test first though before you freak out :)

3rdalbum
May 1st, 2009, 12:09 PM
What capacity is it? 250 gigs? The bigger capacity ones tend to run hotter... I guess because they are physically thicker. Having said that, my 1TB, 500GB and 160GB are all running at the same temperature at the moment: 30 celcius.

During summer, I've seen the 500GB get up to 40 celcius.

Antec makes a special heatsink, fan and temperature monitor for hard disks. It fits into one of your 5 1/4 inch bays and your HDD fits into this. On the front is a digital readout of the temperature. The disk is surrounded by a big heatsink with a fan to keep it cool. I have no idea what they cost, but I've always wanted to be hardcore enough to need one :-)

Also, if your computer has a dust filter, check it.

swoll1980
May 1st, 2009, 01:54 PM
59 C is only 100 F. An easy way to covert is: since 1 degree C is = to 1.8 F just multiply by 2 (59 * 2 = 118) then subtract 10% (10% = 18) (118 - 18 = 100)

jespdj
May 1st, 2009, 02:00 PM
59 C is only 100 F. An easy way to covert is: since 1 degree C is = to 1.8 F just multiply by 2 (59 * 2 = 118) then subtract 10% (10% = 18) (118 - 18 = 100)
No, that is wrong. 100 F is approximately the body temperature of a normal human being, and 59 Celsius is definitely much hotter than body temperature (which is 37.5 Celsius).

Try typing in "59 celsius in fahrenheit" in Google (and discover Google's calculator feature!). It will tell you: 59 degrees Celsius = 138,2 Fahrenheit

m_duck
May 1st, 2009, 02:00 PM
For reference my 400 GB WD Caviar sits around 30C with little fluctuation, though it does have a fan in front of it. Same goes for my Hitachi Deskstars.

Dougie187
May 1st, 2009, 02:05 PM
59 C is only 100 F. An easy way to covert is: since 1 degree C is = to 1.8 F just multiply by 2 (59 * 2 = 118) then subtract 10% (10% = 18) (118 - 18 = 100)

Lol, thats not how you convert from C to F. It's close, but you do it like this.



(1.8)*C + 32

You can't forget the 32, because 0C is 32F.

So in this case, 59C -> 138.2F

Also, it is mentioned in the Thread title.

Xkutzy
May 1st, 2009, 02:07 PM
I googled your HDD model number and found the spec. It gives the operating range as 5c to 55c, so 59c is too high.

Then I added temperature to the search. It seems alot of people are having heat issues with these drives, but it may be down to a drive firmware error that is reporting the wrong temperature. It would be worth you taking a more detailed look.

I also had a problem with a HDD running hot. The PC (a Dell Optiplex) is a SFF design and the heat from the CPU is blown onto the HDD by the cooling fan. This seems like a strange design to me. Dell tend to run their fans at a slow speed to keep the noise levels down. I solved the problem by using Speedfan in Windows and i8kutils in linux to bias the base fan speed up a bit. This knocked 8-10c off the idle temperature.

swoll1980
May 1st, 2009, 02:13 PM
No, that is wrong. 100 F is approximately the body temperature of a normal human being, and 59 Celsius is definitely much hotter than body temperature (which is 37.5 Celsius).

Try typing in "59 celsius in fahrenheit" in Google (and discover Google's calculator feature!). It will tell you: 59 degrees Celsius = 138,2 Fahrenheit

that is wrong I'm sorry. When x is 0, y is 32. When x is 100, y is 212. 212-32=180 which is a 180/100 ratio.
y= (1.8/1*x)+32 which is 138.2 F
My math teacher is full of crap.

Skripka
May 1st, 2009, 02:52 PM
mine is max 51 under heavy loader.59 is a little high in my opinion.

It is quite high, IMHO. My drives don't go over 30C even in summer in my tower...of couse I have good airflow in my case.

garythegoth
May 1st, 2009, 04:20 PM
You owe me a keyboard :P


This is for a WD3200JB



And for the 2500AAJS




I would get a fan on it. Heat will quickly destroy your hard drive. Run a complete smart test on it as well. If it has been running that hot for a while, it could be near failure. Run the test first though before you freak out :)

Hehe..

PryGuy
May 1st, 2009, 05:11 PM
I will probably replace my drive as soon as I can. This temperature worries me. Cooling is not the solution if something's wrong with the drive. Will check the SMART status soon. I must add that this drive is about 3 years old or even older. 250Gb was a very big hard drive those days.

Spiritous
May 1st, 2009, 05:24 PM
You can just laze out and put a fan onto it on a high speed... If you want to be safe then phone the manufactures and say what to do, or if its dangerously high. After all, they made it :P

Xkutzy
May 1st, 2009, 05:28 PM
Before you rush to replace this drive check out the following link. It is the list of drives Netgear recommends for their NAS boxes.

http://www.readynas.com/?page_id=82

Particularly the section Incompatibility Notes.

"Western Digital JS/KS/YD/YS - These models of Western Digital disks may return inaccurate temperature causing intermittent warnings and possible forced shutdowns, and we cannot recommend these disks at this time."

Your disk drive seems to have a known firmware bug that results in higher temperatures being reported than are actually present.

PryGuy
May 1st, 2009, 06:38 PM
"Western Digital JS/KS/YD/YS - These models of Western Digital disks may return inaccurate temperature causing intermittent warnings and possible forced shutdowns, and we cannot recommend these disks at this time."

Your disk drive seems to have a known firmware bug that results in higher temperatures being reported than are actually present.Thanks, bud, you are the man! Rule, Britain! \\:D/