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I've got computer without chassis that lies simply in motherboard-box-package. I ventilated my apartment (opened windows at both ends), it's -10C(14F) outside and strong wind and pc not far from window, in 10min I was thrown out of X and pc froze. After reboot I found out that BIOS does not see SSD(Kingstone), on touch ssd was pretty cold. I warmed it in my hands for couple minutes and it worked again.

Do I need to prevent ssd from cooling hereafter, or just extreme cooling? Maybe there is something bad with this particular ssd?

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You didn't specify which Kingston SSD you were using, so I'm assuming it's the SSDNow V100. I suspect others are similar.

According to this page, the Kingston SSDNow V100 is specced to operate at temperatures from 0°C to 70°C and may be stored at temperatures from -40°C to 85°C. While -10°C is not that cold, it is outside the specifications of the drive. In general, I wouldn't advise operating a computer below about +10°C.

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I really didn't think that such non-mechanical device will malfunction at that kind of temperatures. -10°C it's outdoors and pc few meters from window, I don't think ssd went much lower than 0°C. Anyway, will assume that that was just out of operate temperatures. – user2777737 Feb 1 '14 at 1:49
@user2777737 the issue is condensation. Below 0C you may get ice forming, when it gets warm it will turn to water, and water on your circuitry is not good. – Scott Chamberlain Feb 1 '14 at 6:29

Kingston specifies an operating temperature range of 0 to 70 degrees Celsius for their SSDs (at least the ones I could find on Newegg). You can store them at a wider range of temperatures (-40C to 85C), but they are not guaranteed to operate at below-freezing temperatures.

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