Hard Drive Damage in Extreme Conditions and Solutions

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July 21, 2022


You would have heard of many reasons that cause data loss or failure in your laptop hard disk drive. As hard disks are susceptible, they can be ruptured with teeny tiny damages to the hardware components like the magnetic disk, armatour, spindle etc. Author Divya Dhami View all posts

Human error, mechanical error, or system error can cause mechanical drive failures, but have you known about overheating?
In extreme temperatures, hard disks tend to stop working, which can worsen the case by losing your data store in the disk.
With professional hard disks data recovery service, you can definitely solve your data potentially, but before that, you can try some tricks to cool down your laptop’s HDD.

Causes of Overheating HDD

A standard Hard disk operates from 40-degree Celsius to 50-degree Celsius, but it is a sign of danger if the Temperature exceeds 70-degree Celsius Temperature. Many reasons contribute to overheating the hard disk due to which it performs slow read/write speed, shows frequent freezes and shutdowns in the system.

Extreme hot Temperature
Unnecessary running applications that occupy CPU resource
Bad sectors in hard disk platter
Malicious programs
Blocked vents
The fan doesn’t work

Try these tricks to fix the Hard disk overheating issue

1. The end process of the most occupied CPU resource

Sometimes your hard drive heats up due to most occupied resources in your PC, which is unnecessary. To close it, Press’ Ctrl+Alt+Delete’> Open the Task manager > Click the ‘Processes’ Tab on the top bar > select the most occupied CPU resources.

2. Close unnecessary programs

The applications not in use and are unnecessarily open are among the causes accounting for extreme heat in your HDD.

To disable the applications, press ‘Start menu’> Run> type ‘msconfig’ to open system configuration> select programs > click’ OK, and you’re done.

3. Scan for virus/ malware

When a malicious program enters your system, it obstructs the operations by the hard disk making its read/write slow and leading to overheating the hard disk. Install a good antivirus or an antimalware program to cool down the disk and prevent data loss.

4. Keep it in a clean place

Ensure you have placed your system in a dry and dust-free space where no dust particles accommodate the vent or other sensitive hardware areas.

5. Clean the airflow

You should be aware of where you have placed your PC or laptop; if the vent is closed by a wall or other object, make sure you open it. A blocked vent will not let the air pass out of the PC leading to overheating the HDD.

6. Clean computer fans

You should regularly clean the computer fans in three to six months. Dirty air fans can damage the hard drive causing overheat.


Extreme conditions, whether moisture or overheating, are not suitable for your hard disk’s health, causing the risk to lose your precious files from the system forever. You should be aware of the things causing overheating in the HDD. Overheat can fail the operations, but it can damage the sensitive disk platter by distorting it. Immediately shut down the system and turn off the power supply to protect your crucial data from permanent loss. Contact a data recovery specialist who can recover your overheated HDD and save your essential data stored in it.

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Keep calm; Techchef is here, with the most reliable data recovery solutions for failed, dead, crashed or an overheated hard disk. We have 15+ years of experience recovering data from complicated data loss situations, coming up with effective data recovery solutions to ensure 100 % recovery success guaranteed.
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