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d0grent
Dec 5, 2004



I plan on getting an extra external HD for backup purposes and wanted to store it somewhere that isn't my house, to avoid losing all my data in the rare event that my house is robbed or catches fire. I had the idea that I could store it in my car trunk, but immediately thought of the risks of high temperatures in the summer. The hottest it typically gets here in the summer is 90 degrees, although occasionally it is possible to get to around 100. My trunk is completely shielded from any outside light, but will it still run the risk of getting too hot for an external HD?

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bigperm
Jul 10, 2001
some obscure reference

You could make a friend instead.

d0grent
Dec 5, 2004



Ouch. It needs to be somewhere I can grab every couple days without going out of my way.

Sylink
Apr 17, 2004


Just get a Dropbox account and back up to that, unless you have a huge amount of data ?

d0grent
Dec 5, 2004



I thought about that but it's $200 for a year of 2TB and right now an 8TB external is $135. And yeah, I'm working with a lot of raw video files so it adds up quickly.

craig588
Nov 19, 2005



There's also moisture in a car. I think that would damage the drive before heat did. I think the best option would be one of those cold storage backups that charge for recovery but let you back up really cheaply.

Dead Goon
Dec 13, 2002

Sledgehammer of Eternal Justice


What if someone steals your car?

Broken Machine
Oct 22, 2010



A safe deposit box is like for a year.

Chikimiki
May 14, 2009


Just use one of the cloud backup solutions: backblaze, carbonite, hubic, mozy, amazon glacier...
Cheaper than Dropbox & a lot easier than storing a HD in your trunk.

td4guy
Jun 13, 2005

I always hated that guy.



100F is, like, a normal operating temperature for a HDD, with no ill effects on its long-term health.

Don Lapre
Mar 28, 2001

If you're having problems you're either holding the phone wrong or you have tiny girl hands.


Yea its fine. There are cars that have hard drives installed in them from the factory and yours isn't even going to be running.

Id pack it in a box full of bubble or foam though.

netwerk23
Aug 22, 2000
I spelled 'network' wrong.

Get an Otterbox or similar that will fit your drive. It'll protect from moisture and a measure of drop damage. I've seen some cheap ones at Harbor Freight recently.

apropos man
Sep 5, 2016

You get a hundred and forty one thousand years and you're out in eight!

Make a regular, offsite backup of the car and you should be fine.

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Chikimiki
May 14, 2009


apropos man posted:

Make a regular, offsite backup of the car and you should be fine.

You wouldn't download a car ?!

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