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Old January 11, 2012, 04:48 PM
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Condensation is going to be your worst enemy with this and to be safe I'd personally leave it overnight. then again i tend to aire on the side of caution.
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took the words out of my mouth.
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Old January 11, 2012, 04:49 PM
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HDs contain dessicant inside them for this reason.

I'm not talking about heating the HD, I'm talking about letting it sit at room temperature until it's close.
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Old January 11, 2012, 04:51 PM
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HDs contain dessicant inside them for this reason.

I'm not talking about heating the HD, I'm talking about letting it sit at room temperature until it's close.
Since when? I have opened my share of hdds and never seen that.
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Old January 11, 2012, 05:25 PM
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We destroyed drives at work for confidentiality purposes.

The dessicant is usually in a little packet....

Device To Regenerate A Desiccant In A Hard Disk Drive

HDD from inside: Main parts
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Old January 11, 2012, 05:35 PM
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We destroyed drives at work for confidentiality purposes.

The dessicant is usually in a little packet....

Device To Regenerate A Desiccant In A Hard Disk Drive

HDD from inside: Main parts
Color me impressed :) Not many people quote patents, I've kind of grew up in a generation where quoting wikipedia is generally accepted as the ultimate proof you mean business. :p

Also, I didnt know about the dessiccant. Will keep it in mind
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Old January 11, 2012, 05:59 PM
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Well I could be wrong, but they certainly did look like it...

Maybe only older drives had them? We obviously only destroyed the older drives at work...
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Old January 12, 2012, 12:11 AM
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I popped open a old Quantum lightning 750meg just for fun ;)
Got piles of this stuff.

No dessicant in thier, no mater lol think i have a working 40meg hdd around here somewhere.

off topic: man just had a flash back of installing win95 off of floppy's. Man what a pain, then you get to disk 27 and its messed up.
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Old January 12, 2012, 09:34 AM
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Well I woke very early in the night and ended up deciding it was 'good enough' around 3AM after about 15 hours of room temp. I had issues getting the Windows install started for about 2 more hours because of a silly BIOS setting I ought to have thought of after two minutes (which goes to show sleeping for 4 hours and calling it a night is a bad strategy). Anyhow, the drive had plenty of time to warm up further during all the time I spent goofing around before I actually started putting something on it at the break of dawn.

Ive just finished putting in all the software I consider necessary for a nice clean install and ghosted the whole thing. HD Tune gives me 115MB/sec average and 13ms seeks and no bad sectors, which I think is probably alright for a 7200.12 Sata3 drive, although Im not used to benching disks. One thing is certain, its alot better than the dying disk I replaced :D With the SSD smartcache, it feels super brisk.

Now, I can resume my conquest of Skyrim in peace. Hope nothing breaks for awhile :p
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Old January 12, 2012, 12:52 PM
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I havn't looked up the "Operating Temperature" specs on new HDD's in a while.

I believe the low temp spec is -5 C.Condensation is always a concern.

Whatever Harddrive you have , If you look up the specs online it will tell you.

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Old January 12, 2012, 01:00 PM
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Room temp is a good rule of thumb. The drive specs are a more accurate indication.

I'm quite certain there is a good deal of "wiggle" room as HDD's get replace frequently in environments most hobbiests wouldn't dream of placing their machines - from Dessert sand and dry heat to jungle humidity to arctic type cold.
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