The normal temperature at which laptop hard drives run depends on the brand, as well as on how the laptop is used. Laptops running large programs or graphic-intensive games will maintain higher temperatures than those running software that uses fewer resources.
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In general, you can expect a laptop hard drive to run at 40 to 50 degrees Celsius when turned on, but not in use. When actively being used, they run at about 70 degrees Celsius.
You can download small software programs, such as SpeedFan (see Resources), which uses about one kilobyte (KB) of hard drive space, to monitor the temperature of your laptop's hard drive. Such programs allow you to determine if your laptop is running too hot, which enables you to take steps to lower the temperature.
You can lower the temperature of your laptop's hard drive by adjusting the power scheme, which tells the system when to hibernate and go into standby mode after the laptop has been idle for a certain period of time. You can also place a cooling mat under the laptop. These mats contain fans that help to keep your laptop temperatures within normal range.
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