- Oct 2, 2019
I have had a habit of leaving a flash drive in a laptop in the past when it had a small hard drive and had no issues with heat, but this was years ago. I recently bought a little 10' netbook for work. I needed something super portable and the vast majority of what I usually use it for is on the web so I wasn't too worried about storage capacity when I got it. I have a tiny sandisk 32gb flash drive that I was leaving in the port with files that I might need to access during a project that I have been doing over the past couple of weeks. The other day I noted that despite the fact that I personally am not using the drive, it was getting quite hot. I know the OS can and sometimes does access drives on its own, but I would not have expected this to cause a heat issue. When I say quite hot, I am not sure it could have burnt me, but it was hot enough that I wasn't taking chances. Anyone know what might be causing it, and how to fix it short of getting a new drive (if that will fix it)? I just don't want to toss the drive if there is a simple fix.