Can a computer get damaged if it gets too cold?

Frozen hard driveA computer or laptop is more likely to become damaged from heat than it is cold. In fact, a computer may operate more efficiently in cooler conditions. However, taking a computer that has been in a cold temperature to a warmer temperature, can cause condensation within the computer, which can cause damage. A good example of how this may happen is leaving your laptop out in the car during winter overnight and then moving it into a warm building and powering it up immediately.

To help prevent this situation from occurring, do not leave your laptop in a car for any length of time during cold or hot weather. When working in cold conditions or transporting your computer through colder weather, keep it in its laptop carrying case. If you are working in extreme cold weather (e.g. -5°c or lower) and moving the computer to a warmer room, we suggest letting the computer remain off for a few minutes before turning it on.

Finally, whenever working in any place with extreme weather, it is always a good idea to consult the computer documentation or manufacturer for their recommended operating temperatures. Not all laptops and computers are the same, and each component in them can react differently to temperature.