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Dell Inspiron Hard Drive Overheating?

By tl3883 ·
I have a Dell Inspiron 2600 with a Hitachi 20 gb drive that has locked up 4 or 5 times a day for the last 6 days. I have had this machine for nearly 4 years and it is still under warrenty. Locked up means computer freezing, screen colors scrambled and hard drive clicking 5 or 6 times. I ran shareware "Hard Drive Inspector" and it said "temperature threshold achieved". It appears threshold is arbitarily set by the software. The temperature run from 115 degrees F. to 130 degrees F. I ran Dell diagnostics and it said all test passed. Dell technical support says the power cord is causing the problem and is sending me a new powercord. What is the accepted threshold for temperature? Are there any other test I should run? Comments anyone???

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I'd be surprised if a hard drive was overheating

by stress junkie In reply to Dell Inspiron Hard Drive ...

If you are talking about a normal sized 3.5 inch wide hard disk then I'd be surprised if it overheated. I've seen a lot of disks in a lot of configurations and I've never seen any problem with disks overheating.

However, if you want, you can purchase a hard disk cooler. This is essentially a hard drive mounting kit with a fan on the bottom. I've always thought that they were a waste of money but people who like to think they have a main frame at home buy these things. You can get them anywhere. Try cdw.com or tigerdirect.com or a local CompUSA.

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