Hard disks used to be rated out to well past 55C. To meet costs and over specifications the numbers slowly dropped to what you see today. Unless you've been watching this trend you might be alarmed at being at or just under this maximum.
So, again. What is your issue?
I just bought a shiny new Compaq Presario M2223AP Notebook with Intel Centrino Mobile Tech (Intel Pentium-M 730, 40GB Seagate 4200RPM, 256MB DDR333, 15" TFT, Combo drive). Its absolutely fantastic looking and working as well, but theres a big BUT to to it.
The hard drive is located to the left of the touchpad and under the left palm of the hand. After certain time, the hard drive becomes warm and finally hot. I dont play games, dont run processor intensive tasks/programs and still after an hour of web surfing or an occassional letter drafting on the word processor (microsoft Word 2003), the hard drive becomes hot and ultimately the fan starts spinning frequently. I downloaded a software utility called "HDDlife Pro" that monitors hard drive health/temperature and performance. The software alerts me of URGENT OVERHEAT that the current temp has reached to 46, 47 and 48C whereas max is 51C.
I asked the reseller and he said carelessly that it was normal. The tech support was also unable to find a solution to it. I, on the other hand have few thoughts and they are:
1. Will increasing the RAM help in reducing the overall burden on the processor and/or hard drive and thus do some good?
2. Will replacing the current Seagate 4200RPM hard drive, with a 5400RPM larger cache better hard drive like Fujitsu etc? do the trick?
I also tried deleting background running programs and startup programs and kept everything to the minimum. Just simple web surfing with 3-4 browser windows open and the thing gets hot. Please reply urgently. Thanks.