- Jan 17, 2004
With a western digital 500 GB My Book Home edition external hard drive, it seems to become way too warm. When booted to one of my Linux, I used a disk utility which also shows the operating temperature, ( from that SMART drive status) of both my internal and external hard drives, and it was at 85 F for the internal IDE, and 106 degrees F for that WD external drive. The Western Digital web site shows the maximum operating temperature as 95. I use it standing up but will it cool better when placed flat on the side since vents are on the bottom, back, and top ? Or it may have a internal fan which is bad ? I mostly use it connected by eSATA, but some times by USB, and when it was that hot it locked up, and then was not detected by my Windows XP until I let it cool off for some time, then it worked again.