I have two HDD’s in my computer, both are IDE. One is a 5.400 rpm 120 GB Maxtor which holds only the OS (Windows Vista and Windows XP), the second one is a 7.200 rpm 500 GB Western Digital which holds all data.
The first drive is forcibly cooled by a three-fan HDD cooler that sits in a 5 1/4" bay with the drive behind it, this one reaches a temperature of max. 42 degrees Celsius under heavy load (virus scan!).
However it’s the second one that got me a little worried - it goes up to 50 degrees Celsius if under heavy load, and THAT drive is ALWAYS under heavy load - torrenting all day long. It too sits in a 5 1/4" bay but i can not put a cooler there too.
The temperatures are measured with “SpeedFan” while the ambient temperature (air temperature in my room) is 30-32 degrees Celsius (It’s Thailand and always hot).
Do i need to worry about these temperatures or is it still ok? I have an identical 120 GB Maxor as well as an identical 500 GB Western Digital, each in external enclosures, and i keep regular backups (Vista has such an easy backup function i’d be stupid NOT to use it).