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According to Environmental Conditions and Disk Reliability in Free-cooled Datacenters:

Based on our experience and observations, we conclude that high relative humidity degrades reliability significantly, having a much more substantial impact than temperature or temperature variation.

A ZDNet article examines the paper:

  • Relative humidity is the major reliability factor - more so than temperature - even when the data center is operating within industry standards.
  • [...]
  • High temperatures are not harmless, but are much less significant than other factors.

Are these results correct?

  • I made some major edits to this question because the claims of the OP didn't match the claims of the paper. No-one is saying heat doesn't matter. – Oddthinking Jul 16 '17 at 12:43
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    @Oddthinking the article title is saying that !! – Anyname Donotcare Jul 16 '17 at 14:26
  • @AnynameDonotcare What kind of evidence would you accept? You are questioning a primary source that examines direct evidence. I am not sure who could contradict that. – BobTheAverage Jul 16 '17 at 16:19
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    No, the main article you initially quote doesn't say that. It was very confusing. The other article says it in the the brief headline and then explains more fully immediately afterwards, so there is nothing more for us to add. (Hint: hard drives placed in a smelting oven will not work once they have melted.) – Oddthinking Jul 16 '17 at 16:53
  • What are you looking for as an answer here? the data in the paper seems pretty self-explanatory. – HopelessN00b Jul 17 '17 at 6:47

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