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Poll Results: Is there any hope for this hard drive?

 
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post #1 of 8
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I put my hard drive in the freezer about 2 days ago and took it out today, and popped it into my laptop.... It didnt really do much besides bring up this screen:

So... I think it is time to get a new hard drive mad.gif
post #2 of 8
Freezing it isn't supposed to fix the drive. It has a chance of getting it working again for a short time until the drive cools. You use this time to grab any important data off the drive. You will have to get a new drive.
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Is the comp even posting? Can you get into bios? I'm guessing you wouldn't have frozen the HD if you knew the motherboard/bios was still ok. However, If you are always getting that screen and you can't enter bios, then it may be the board/bios (or other core component) and not the HD.
     
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I used to be able to get into the BIOS but now, all i am getting is this screen or a full black screen.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
I was hoping to get a couple of files off the drive, that was my goal, but all i got to was this screen.
What are your recommendations for great hard rive brands?
post #6 of 8
I don't have tons of laptop experience, but as far as I know, if you can't get to BIOS then its not the HD. You should see if you can find another computer or laptop to test the drive in. It could be ok. On the other hand if the drive is ok, then some other more important part of the laptop is broken.

If it does turn out to be the hard drive though, I personally like western digital. All of my old hard drives (read over 7 years old) are western digital and still running fine. I do have a new 1 TB seagate though and its been stellar as well so far.
     
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post #7 of 8
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toughacton, i am going to run some more tests on it in the morning, considering it is currently 2:17am, and i just got off the midnight shift at work. But anyways, i know it probably isn't the CMOS battery because i replaced that about last week I'm thinking some of the micro solders might have come loose or were damaged, because i used to have a terrible time with my laptop over heating and crashing on me before i changed the thermal paste about a year ago.... So, i'm thinking on setting it in the oven sometime when i get to it to re-solder all off the micro solders.

Anyone else have any other ideas on what it could be? wackosmiley.gif

A friend of mine recommended i try this to see if i can get anything off of the hard drive:

"If your hard drive is fried, boot some Linux flavor and plug your hard drive in using some reader. Mount the drive, then run something like: dd if=/dev/sdX of=rescue.img bs=1024 conv=noerror"
post #8 of 8
What precautions did you take against moisture? The drive needs to be sealed against dew and ice, but you also need to use wrapping that won't zap the electronics with static electricity (pink anti-static bag, or wrap drive in aluminum foil before placing in a ziploc bag). Also how long did you wait after taking the drive out of the freezer before unsealing it? 3 hours may not be enough, and here's a video showing moisture inside a drive that was left out for 5 hours: link (skip to 9:30). Hard disks are sealed against dust but almost all models are vented to allow for air pressure equalization.

The freezer trick probably originated in the 1980s, when it could actually do some good because most hard disks made back then used stepper motors to move the heads. Steppers just placed the heads where the desired track was supposed to be, instead of where it actually was, but temperature changes would make platters expand and contract and shift the tracks slightly, causing read errors. So freezing the drive could restore track alignment. Such hard drives haven't been built for 20 years, and modern hard drives instead use servo mechanisms with alignment marks written to the platters, and those marks move in unison with platter expansion and contraction, automatically compensating.
Edited by larymoencurly - 11/2/13 at 2:50am
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