Hard drives that are exposed to prolonged elevated temperatures will have much shorter lifespans than a drive that is properly cooled. This can result in unexpected loss of data, loss of performance, and costly repairs. If the unit gets too hot and ends up losing data it may result in the permanent loss of that data, no matter how powerful the recovery tool.
What should I do if my hard drive is overheating?
To prevent overheating of your hard drive (and other valuable components), you should always make sure it is properly cooled and ventilated. Desktop computers should not be located inside cabinets with little airflow. If possible, they should be in an open-air area where cool air can be circulated into the computer by the internal cooling fans. For laptop computers, often times their cooling fans are located on the bottom or sides of the unit. We recommend either elevating the laptop, or purchasing a laptop stand that includes cooling fans for the underside of the unit. These stands can be purchased at many local retailers and online.
Keeping your computer cool will significantly reduce the chance of accidental data loss, and in most cases improve the performance and longevity of your computer.