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Critical temperatures - HD?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by cwilmot, Dec 20, 2006.

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  1. cwilmot

    cwilmot Thread Starter

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    I have a 9 month old DELL dual-core with a 250 Gb Serial ATA HD (7200 rpm). This AM I learned of a FREE program for monitoring the hard drive health of one's computer. I downloaded and installed it. Immediately I got a warning message that my HD was running at temps ranging from"Critical-59 deg.(C) to Over-Critical -66 deg.(C). This warning sign won't go away without exiting from the program. Is this really an abnormal temp. for this HD and has anyone else experienced this? Any suggestions other than calling DELL?
     
  2. Draken

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    Can I ask what the program is? 50oC is extremely high for any hard drive, so getting such temperatures does raise eyebrows. Mine run about 20 to 30. Do you have any case fans and if so where are they?
     
  3. Rich-M

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    Dose your case have front and back case fans?
     
  4. cwilmot

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    Thanks to all who responded so quickly. Here's a bit more info which I should have included initially. First of all, the FREE program, one of 2 recommended by Kim Komando in her column this AM, was hddh.exe and it's the one that has been giving me the critical temperature readings. She also recommended another FREE program: hd_tune.exe and I don't know quite how to interpret the readings which it gives. Out of 16 items rated it shows one failing and the other 15 being OK. I will show you the failed item and the readings which it shows for this item. These rating columns are arranged and titled, in this order:
    Current Worst Threshold Data Status
    (BE) (unknown attribute) 44 30 45 56 Failed
    (C2) Temperature 94 80 0 62 OK

    So you can see that this 2nd program gave an OK to the HD temperature while the first one declared it to be "critical" to "over critical".
     
  5. win2kpro

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    You won't get the temperatures, but to find out if you have any problem with the drive go to the drive manufacturers site and download their drive diagnostic software.

    HD TUNE is good for reference, but it is not totally accurate in its interpretation of the drive. The HD TUNE temperature display if fairly accurate.
     
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