just giving back to the anandtech community. learn so much here. i own two of these ST3000DM001. with torrent usage/transfer. ambient temp is 80F and HD temp is 130F. right at the threshold of failure - 140F. the original variant of this particular external seagate drive was notorious for issues. the problem is not the drive itself. the drive is excellent. it is the enclosure that is the achilles heel. there is absolute no breathing room. the bottom vents are useless. the second generation variant which add rear vent was no better. if anyone own these drive. ripp them out of the enclosure or buy the bare drive and install them into a fan vented enclosure and you are golden. with a small fan just enough to keep the air moving. with the same torrent usage/transfer load. they are running at a cool. 100F. been running for 11 month 24/7 no issue.