Hi! I recently got an external hard drive (a Western Digital 'My Book' 1TB) and was wondering whether I need to worry about temperature and ventilation even while it's not running. To be more specific, is it alright to leave the drive sitting in a hot room if it's turned off and not attached, or should I aim to store it somewhere cooler when it's not running? It has been very hot lately, and sometimes when the air conditioning is not on (my parents have the say of whether it's on or not) HDD Health has popped up warnings that my internal drive has exceeded extreme critical levels for the temperature (I think it was like close to 60 C). This makes me turn off the computer to cool it down, but then I started wondering about whether the external drive will be adversely affected by the heat even when unattached and powered off. So, are there any 'ideal conditions', i.e. cool and good ventilation, for external drives when off, or can I just put it wherever I want when it's off and not worry about temperature?
Thanks for your help! It's much nicer to worry about simpler things like this than the malware and internal-drive-failing issues I've had in the past.