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webfab

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I have heared that from few people and just wondering if its true.
When i buy something online it sits outside in the truck and in the transit for awile in cold temperature when you get the item its generaly cold. If i plug the item right away into the power and start using it is there a chance of some kinda of failure???
Today i go my 1TB storage drive and i did let it sit in room temperature for about 20 minute prior t pluging it in but if i pluged it straight into power would something bad have happened ?????
 

edro

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If they are brought into a higher temperature area, moisture can condense on the uninsulated cold parts.

Moisture in electronics and/or a hard drive platter is bad.
 

Snock514

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Don't do it!
 

FoBoT

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in most cases it won't matter
there might be slightly more risk with a mechanical item, like a hard drive vs. a totally electronic item, like a cell phone

but overall the risk is small
if you want to be really conservative, then yes, let it warm to room temperature first
 

thecoolnessrune

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My brother shipped an X360 and a 9800GT from Georgia to up here in Wisconsin. Both items were below 0 when they got here (It was -8 that day and the items felt like they'd been out there in it).

I gave the items about 6 hours to dry and used a blow dryer on cool to prevent condensation forming and all worked fine.
 
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