My laptop hard drive died so I bought a Samsung EVO 840 Basic SSD. This Dell model was never very good at cooling itself but to my surprise the fan runs more now with the SSD installed. So the HDD noise is replaced by fan noise most of the time. I thought that something with an 1W consumption cannot generate this much heat.
According to HWMonitor, the SSD usually idles at around 48C (laptop on glass table) but when the drive is heavily used, it goes up to 56C. Touching the laptop at the bottom reveals that the SATA connector side feels hot, the other side is acceptably warm.
Will this temp range damage the drive? Can this be caused by poorly touching connections or bad airflow inside? (The SSD is actually half the height than the old drive so there is more air around it.)