it does and it doesn't. An anti static bag isnt what you need as much as an iar tight one. I generally use a ziploc freezer bag and suck the air out.
The freezer trick works only on spindle failure, not crashed heads. Crashed heads are vanishingly rare though nowadays. It;s not just freezing, it's repeated freezing, thawing and refreezing. What you are doing is inducing repeated phase changes on the mercury in the bearing, and causing it to glob up around the spindle.
This hopefully provides enough lubrication to get the spindle going until it gets hot enough to vaporize the mercury, at which point the thing becomes unubricated and eats itself in seconds. You get ONE last spin of the drive, and not a very long one.
I have made it work. 3 tries, two sucesses, one of which lasted a bare 30 seconds or so. The other was good for a couple minutes. It;s enough time to grab a few files, but not clone a drive or anything.
Also when the drive is done it's done. You could theoretically have a professional disasemble the drive in a clean room and remount them in something, but you're talking a major investment. The only thing it will be good for is scavenging the platters for admittedly very pretty coasters and grabbing a few rare earth magnets to play with.
Edited by bombastinator - 10/11/13 at 1:43am