For certain reasons I won't go into, I have this small server machine which tends to overheat. I don't have exact temperature measurements, but let's say something like...

190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022   037   028   045    Old_age   Always   FAILING_NOW 63

Now, I'm probably going to solve the matter differently (move the machine elsewhere, reduce the number of HDDs etc.) - but I was wondering: Can you get Magentic (non-solid-state) HDDs whose acceptable ambient operating temperatures range up to 60 or 70 degree Celsius? If so, can you get them for a bearable price, say, up to twice the price of consumer HDDs?

(I'm not asking for a recommendation of individual products or manufacturers.)

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    Since there's quite a niche market for rugged industrial systems with some quoting supported environmental operating temperatures up to 70℃ there must be. Did you try to search on "industrial hard disk" – HBruijn Sep 27 '14 at 7:08
  • The "certain reasons" you won't go into are probably very important, and you almost certainly should go into them. – Michael Hampton Sep 27 '14 at 14:10
  • @MichaelHampton: I am going into them, but I don't have anything to ask about them. – einpoklum Oct 1 '14 at 12:53

Most systems I've seen with this requirement in the past few years use industrial SSDs. But I do have machinery that leverage ruggedized and industrial hard disks as well. The main difference over regular drives being an expanded operating temperature range.

But in order for this not to be an XY Problem question, can you give the context of why the server you have is in such an environment?

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  • It's in a small space which is poorly ventilated. – einpoklum Oct 1 '14 at 12:50

There are industrial hard disks that can withstand elevated temperatures. https://www.westerndigital.com/products/internal-drives/endurastar-series-hdd

Most HDD have throttling when temperatures start to get too high, try to slow down their data rate. Usually around 60°C they begin to throttle, and as the temperature rises they slow down to as low as 1 MB/ps until the drive has cooled again.

SSD's have a similar feature, and typically they run 10°C higher than a HDD does. So this throttling will be reached much faster. SSD's require more cooling than HDD do.

Interesting article here about HDD and SSD operating temperatures. https://www.akcp.com/blog/how-temperature-affects-it-data-storage/

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