Humidity is the enemy more than temperature. Corresponding anti-static
measures are vital. A 'dry cabinet' will be essential. Also, contrary to
film and tape storage, you want the temperature to be warmer. Thanks to
RoHS, tin pest is a distant but real concern especially given that you
intend to shelf store the drives. Below 13c/55F, tin changes structure. This
change can cause solder joints to fail.
I am, of course, sidestepping discussion of why using HDDs for archival
storage is a bad idea.
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I am being asked to find out under what climate conditions hard drives
should be stored at. This is not my choice, but is being imposed on me
from above. If anyone is actually using this method of "archiving",
could you let me know what you have found out about optimal storage
conditions? Or what temperature/humidity levels you are keeping yours at?