6 Ways you’re Melting your Hard Drive
While every hard drive will die in due time, some die way before you’d expect them to. The premature death of your hard drive is caused by overheating of the device they’re inside of. Here is how you may be cutting short the life of your hard drive and computer:
- Not keeping your Computer’s Innards clean
Your computer is likely to accumulate dust unless you keep it in the room as clean as the ones IBM builds their semiconductors in. Thus the heat is kept inside the computer due to dust build-up either by absorbing and trapping the heat or be blocking the flow of hot air out. Use canned air to dust the innards of the computer without harming the sensitive components. Also, ensure that there is no dust build-up within the vents themselves.
- Blocking ventilation
Do not even partially allow the vents on your computer to be blocked. Pushing your computer’s vents against the wall can build up heat inside the machine. You must also avoid putting your laptop on soft surfaces like sofa or bed as the laptop may sink into it burying the vents on the side. Try to maintain at least 1 foot of space between any obstruction your computer vents.
- Ignoring a cooling system’s warnings
Keeping the cooling system operational is crucial for your hard drive’s health, as it pushes the hot air out of your computer. While your computer may detect outright system fails your, but an under-performing cooling system too puts the computer at risk. If the computer feel hot and you cannot hear the cooling system working, it is underperforming. Even when the sound of the fan is extremely hard while the computer is barely using the CPU, your computer might be overheating.
- Placing your computer on Heat Absorbing Materials
How well a material absorbs or dissipates heat is different for every material. The level of thermal conductivity of the material that your computer lays on can affect your computer’s health. Polyester or cotton, found in bedsheets and rugs may not dispel any heat thus making your laptop overheat by keeping the heat at the source. This way not only do you risk a hard drive failure but also risk triggering a fire. You can invest in a cooling pad to keep the temperature down if your laptop is exposed much to these surfaces.
- Keeping it in a hot or dirty environment
If your computer is kept in a dirty or dusty place, you may end up clogging the innards. While putting your computer in a hot environment will do no favor to the cooling system. However, avoid keeping several computers side by side to avoid the hot air from one computer being passed on to another.
- Leaving your computer case open
While you might believe that you will keep the computer cooler by opening the case of your computer, it isn’t the case. Opening the case will only disrupt the circulation of cool air as the cooling system is designed to direct cool air to only certain parts of the insides of your computer. Moreover the case is protecting your computer from dirt and dust and opening it will cause more harm than benefit.
Ways to recognize the problem before damage is permanent
When the surface of the computer heats up so much, imagine how hot will the system be on the inside. Constant freezing, memory errors, slowdown of performance, unprovoked shutdowns, blue screen, and failure to boot the system properly are certain symptoms of a overheating computer.
While most computers track the fan speed and CPU through the BIOS, they do not have a built in utility to tell you of it. There are however many programs on the internet that will make this information available to you.