On 11/11/2011 16:00, Colin Law wrote:
On 11 November 2011 14:57, compdoc<email@example.com> wrote:
IS it a bad thing to have a computer operating, say, in a garage during
the cold winters?
Dealing with heat in summer is worse than the cold in winter.
I think that might rather depend on where you are in the world.
Actually, it is GOOGLE who did a study on computer failure rates in
warmer temperatures, and they found that hard disks, in particular, tend
to faire better around 35-45°C, which is well above the normally
prescribed datacenter temperature of 20°C. Have a look at :
in particular section 3.4 (temperature).
My guess is that at colder temperatures, lubricants tend to become less
fluid, and more viscous, thus requireing more energy to move parts
(rotate disks, move arms/heads) and that results in higher failure rates.
The rest of the machine, if properly cooled, can operate just as
reliably at 40°C as it does at 20°C (provided individual component
temperatures don't reach too high temps).
So operating a properly ventilated machine in warm summer weather is
probably much safer than in cold winter temperatures.
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