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post #1 of 19
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Does FREEZE Hard Drive in the Freezer really fix the problem temporary? I thought this is one of a myth...

Well, if it does work, how long do i have to leave in in the freezer and how long am i expecting it to run if it really infact do work, so i can backup my data before Freeze it again?

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post #2 of 19
Why not just refrigerate it so you don't have worry about it freezing?
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post #3 of 19
It "works" I just dont think its scientificly proven. I think it helps a head crash by shrinking the platters by microns for a short peroid of time. It wont hurt it any. Just put it in the frezer covered with a plastic(antistatic) bag.
    
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I have never heard of this myth or what it is suppose to do. Anyone willing to enlighten me?
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post #5 of 19
Like this?


I have heard of this as well... hopefully, you catch it before it dies. It is suppose to work on dying HDs, not dead HDs.
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post #6 of 19
I've had very good luck with this method on hard drives where the spindle bearings have gone to heaven(worn, etc). I know theories, not empirical data. The theory is that when you freeze the drive the bearing material shrinks, bringing it back into tolerance long enough to get some important data off. I have used this many times sometimes it works, sometimes it's a different issue.

Brings back memories of the 'wrist flip' method on 'stiction' stricken hard drives. Basically the lubricant from the spindle bearing would leak onto the platters and the heads would stick, preventing the drive from spinning up, if you put a little inertia into the whole drive by twisting in the direction of rotation, and quickly back, it would be enough force to break the heads free from the surface tension of the oil
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post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Like this?


I have heard of this as well... hopefully, you catch it before it dies.


make sure you put a popsicle stick in it so you can grab it!!!
    
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wow. i learn something new everyday.

edit: OT: my dog loves ice, he be licking that thing in an instant.
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post #9 of 19
I have stuck a HDD in a freezer and it did allow the drive to work for a bit before it quit, you have to wrap it in something to make sure no moisture/condensation gets too it though. No idea why this works, but it did allow me to get data off a laptop that was thrown, when previously the HDD was inaccessable.
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post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by nitteo View Post
wow. i learn something new everyday.

edit: OT: my dog loves ice, he be licking that thing in an instant.
Dog lickin your harddrive? Gross!!!

Anyone who may attempt the insane approach to freezing a hard drive must settle with the fact that there is a very good chance it will not work.
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