Will the cold kill my hard drive?
January 10, 2009 12:07 PM Subscribe
Will 20 minutes at -20 kill my external hard drive?
posted by valleys to computers & internet (18 answers total)
I have a Maxtor external hard drive that I use both at work and home. On occasion I have to walk to/from work, which takes about 20 minutes. It's cold here ... it'll be -20C when I leave this evening.
a) Is the cold bad for it in general? While I drive or get a ride whenever I can, there are days when walking is unavoidable. Am I better to leave it at work and pick it up next time I have the car?
b) If I leave it to warm up before using, will it be ok? Walking home it's not much of an issue as I don't usually use it until the next day.
c) However ... What about days when I have to walk to work and need to use it relatively soon after arriving? Will 20 minutes at room temperature be enough to let it warm up?
d) I typically carry it in my backpack where it is obviously exposed to the cold. I've considered carrying it in an inside coat pocket but am concerned the moisture from perspiration would be worse for it than the cold.