Summary: Hard drive overheating is a serious issue and it should be handled promptly or it may lead to drive failure or severe data loss situation. Here are measures to ensure drive health and data integrity. However, in case of drive corruption, use a data recovery software such as Stellar Data Recovery Professional for a quick recovery.
Hard drive overheating is more severe than you might think. Every hard drive has a minimum and maximum operating temperature. Any change in the internal or external (ambient) temperature significantly affects the drive performance and life.
As per the University of Virginia, a study on 10,000 hard drives in a Microsoft data center in 2013 revealed a steady increase in the hard drive failure rate from 4% at 27 °C to 10% at 44 °C annually.
While the average operating temperature of a hard drive is around 5-50°C, the ideal temperature is presumed to be 25°C to 40°C. Also, temperature anywhere around 41°C to 50°C is considered acceptable.
Anything above the ideal and the acceptable temperature for an extended period can have a severe impact on the hard drive and the system, which can ultimately lead to the following issues:
Before we head to the fixes, here are a few reasons that may cause hard drive overheating:
Follow these quick tips to fix an overheating hard drive before it gets corrupt or fails:
In case these tips don’t fix the hard drive overheating, backup and replace the drive before it fails. This may be due to mechanical or electrical error, which can’t be fixed.
Use a data recovery software immediately if your drive gets corrupt or becomes inaccessible due to overheating or any other reason, and restore data promptly.
Additionally, a data recovery software such as Stellar Data Recovery Professional (available for Windows& Mac) comes with a Drive Monitor tool to clone such hard drive(s). Disk cloning not only saves the data but also keeps the Windows OS intact.
After cloning, replace the older affected drive with the newly cloned drive in your Windows PC or the laptop. After that, you can continue using your system, as you were earlier.
Moreover, the software monitors and keeps you updated about your hard drive health status on the go. Besides, you can always check SMART data and scan your hard disk for bad sectors with the software.
Follow the below 5-Step data recovery process to restore your data from a corrupt hard drive or partition:
Hard drive overheating is a serious issue and thus, it should be handled promptly. Take adequate measures as discussed in this blog post to ensure drive health and data integrity. When the problem persists even after taking accurate measures, consider replacing the drive.
However, in case of drive corruption, use a data recovery software such as Stellar Data Recovery Professional. The software facilitates a quick data recovery process as described in the post. Besides, it proactively monitors the hard drive health and helps safeguard the data from impending drive failure.
Satyeshu is a Windows blogger and data recovery expert. He is having good technical knowledge and experience in Windows data recovery. He writes about latest technical tips, Windows issues and tutorials.
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