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    Keeping the Mac Pro in the Shed
    Last night i thought i would put the Mac Pro in the Shed but is it ok to do this when i just checked the Machine every thing seems ok. This time of the year is blooming cold and currently the system Temp is 73F compared to 105F being in the house.

    Is it ok to keep the Mac Pro in these conditions ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimplyMac2013 View Post
    This time of the year is blooming cold and currently the system Temp is 73F compared to 105F being in the house.

    Is it ok to keep the Mac Pro in these conditions ?
    I think that be need to know exactly what temp. "blooming cold" is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    I think that be need to know exactly what temp. "blooming cold" is.

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    Around these parts it's -40 C
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    Quote Originally Posted by McYukon View Post
    Around these parts it's -40 C
    That's exactly my point. "Blooming Cold" to one person...could be darn right warm to another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McYukon View Post
    Around these parts it's -40 C
    Now that is cold!

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    If your shed is like McYukon's and -40c I would not advise putting your Mac Pro out there! Grin

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    Ok its not like the antarctic but its like 4C
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimplyMac2013 View Post
    Ok its not like the antarctic but its like 4C
    I think that Apple has been fairly consistent when it comes to min/max environmental operating conditions. Here's what Apple says/recommends:

    - Operating temperature (environmental): 50F-95F (10C-35C)
    - Relative Humidity: 5%-95% (non-condensing)
    - Maximum Operating Altitude: 10,000 feet

    If your shed is 4C...that would be a bit below the 10C lower limit...but I bet there's a safety factor built into that. The actual (DO NOT OPERATE) temp may be a lower than 10C. The problem is knowing exactly what is that temp.

    I think that the biggest deal is operating at lower temps is increased stress on moving parts (such as a spinning hard drive). Just like any mechanical device that spins...it has bearings & lubricant. And at lower temps...that lubricant (just like in automobiles) will be thicker (more viscous) at lower temps. Which then translates to more spinning stress on the HD mechanism.

    There is also thermal stress (going from a completely powered down/cold state)...to a powered on warmer state. This can happen in a very short time with cpu's and gpu's which can heat up very quickly...thus causing thermal stress on the micro-thin metallic connections (expansion/contraction).

    So bottom line...the lower the temp the greater the chance for issues. I'm thinking that if the computer is always on...once it's warmed up...things may be ok. But if this computer is regularly powered up...and powered down...this repeated cycle may not be good when in a cold environment over the long term.

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    Got it Nick, I brought the Mac Pro back in to the house last night

    Thanks for everyones input
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