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The hard disk is very hot while in operation
Explanation: The hard disk feels very hot while it is operating.
Diagnosis: It is normal for hard disks, especially newer ones, to feel hot while they are operating. They should not get as hot as solid-state components like processors; they will often feel warm to the touch but should not be uncomfortable to put a hand onto. Newer disks that spin at 7200 RPM or higher will tend to get hotter than older, slower drives. A properly-ventilated case should be able to handle all but the hottest drives without additional cooling measures being required.