is it normal for external drive to get hot

January 29, 2011 at 15:15:10
Specs: Windows 7
I have a one terabyte external hard drive which i plan to use for auto backup...but while testing the connectivity to my PC recently, i noticed it became quite hot. I am uneasy about relying totally on this drive for backup...if it is on all the time...will it get to hot at some point and stop working.
it is an ULTRA Speed.
I run Win7 64bit and have 4 gb RAM and 3.07 gigahertz Intel Core2 Duo.

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#1
January 29, 2011 at 15:39:37
I just checked my external drive which was covered with junk & it wasn't hot at all. So, I would say no, it shouldn't be hot.

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#2
January 29, 2011 at 16:41:12
Warm could be normal, hot may be an issue, depending on what you mean by hot. Some of the thinnest externals do not have much room for air to move over them so aluminum sided ones are better because the case becomes a heat sink to help cool it.

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#3
January 29, 2011 at 18:22:13
Thanks Fingers, my case is silver coloured. I tapped it with my fingers and it seems that it is aluminum and not plastic.
now as to my comment of hot...it is pretty warm to the touch but i can touch it, so i guess it is not HOT.
is there a way I can have it tested?

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#4
January 29, 2011 at 18:23:01
Thanks Guapo
was your drive at least quite warm?

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#5
January 30, 2011 at 07:00:47
No, my drive was room temperature. It's a smardisk, made by firelite. It's at least 4 years old.

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#6
January 30, 2011 at 14:37:06
"Firelite" now there's an appropriate name for a drive in a post about drives getting hot!

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#7
January 30, 2011 at 15:22:37
RE: my external hard drive getting hot.
Guess it has no problem. Initially, I had to reformat it and that may be what made it so hot. today, i turned it on and it is just fine.
a little warm in the beginning, but after computer was 'sleeping' it cooled right down and now it cold.

whew!


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#8
January 30, 2011 at 15:37:01
Have another question.
I have been looking at free backup softwares and have found Backup Maker; Comdo, fbackup and gfi.
haven't decided which one to try but if any of you have comments or suggestions, please feel free to reply.

This may seem a silly questions but just want to make sure!

what I need to confirm is where to install the software...do I only install on external harddrive or do i need to have some related files resident on CPU?


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#9
January 30, 2011 at 17:01:03
Formatting (full format) writes 1's & 0's on all locations so the hard drive is running hard for the full time during the format so it would get much warmer than what is normal. The aluminum case getting warm was drawing the heat out from the inside better than a plastic or padded cover would have. If the new normal is much cooler then no worry.
Windows 7 has its own built in back up software so there is no need to install another, unless you are not happy after trying that one. The software is installed on your hard drive in your normal programs folder, the destination would be the portable drive though. If you eventually decide on a backup solution other than the Windows 7 one, keep a copy of the installer (uncompressed) on the portable drive so you can always recover the files after a reinstall without scrambling to find it.

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