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Old 08-16-05, 03:59 PM
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Hard drive freezing trick

Lots of people know about this trick.. If you freeze a nearly dead hard drive, sometimes, you can get it to work long enough to copy the data off it.

One thing not a lot of people mention is that you really want to have the drive in a ziplock bag when freezing it, and not in a bucket of water.

Check it out: http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?p=1028112728
Old 08-16-05, 04:07 PM
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http://www.snopes.com/technology/frozenharddrive.asp

(this link doesn't work yet, but I imagine it's only a matter of time)
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The stick-in-the-freezer-hard-drive-trick i've heard for a long, long time. I managed to get my data off of an old Quantum drive that was beginning the click of death.

Never seen someone actually freeze a hd in some water and stage the pic on the 'net though. That's gonna give some some clueless people some bad ideas.
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That trick worked for my co-worker after I told him but it didn't work for my laptop drive last week
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I'm 2-for-2 lifetime with this technique, and coached a co-worker into success recently. Not counting that one for my stats, though.
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It worked me me well back in the day (90s). Since I moved up to network engineer, though, I don't turn the ol' screwdriver much anymore. I remember two drives that didn't work this way nor with SpinRite (head failures). I rescued them both by swapping the platters to known good drives of the same model and batch. They worked long enough to recover the data with SpinRite. Billed the customers for two new drives and labor.
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I may have to try the "trick". I have an old WD 40 or 60GB hard drive that is 'bad'. It was fairly new, under warranty but I didn't return it.

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