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Will my server freeze up this winter?

Asked by XOIIO (18288points) November 25th, 2011

I have my server (HP proliant dl380) running in my garage, and there isn’t room to move it inside. Unfortunately here it gets down to -40 or more but not often, so will it be able to work properly? I also have two battery backups running, will they get messed up at all? Can I leave this stuff out?

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whitetigress's avatar

Electricity, to my knowledge is unaffected by cold temperatures. In fact as I recall, cold weather is ideal for electricity transfer. It’s not like there’s icicles around or water spraying around time to time to freeze eh?

XOIIO's avatar

@whitetigress True true and true, but I don’t know how sealed lead acid batteries will ract to that kind of cold, even though all this is running full time, and the operating tempuratures lowes listing on the manual is 10 degrees C I think C, so I don’t know how it would behave.

whitetigress's avatar

@XOIIO I’m just going to great answer this because only a physics or electrical technician might have this answer haha.

digitalimpression's avatar

As long as there is no problem with moisture you will be ok.

Lightlyseared's avatar

The chips (CPU ram etc) will be fine at low temps as long as condensation doesnt build up on the motherboard and cause a short. Hard drives are designed to run best at about 28oC but there will be minimum temp below which the drive simply won’t function.
Batteries tend not to work well at low temps either and will stop functioning completely if you get them cold enough.

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