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Yeah, freezing is only a last resort. It has wide reports of sucess though, so it shouldn't be discounted. I would recomend putting it in a ziplock back with as little air as possible if you have to go the freezing route. Also, if you have to freeze it to get data off be prepared for it to crap out on you once its working and heats up.
This is all spot on, worked in a repair shop where my boss tried things that made me cringe, but he did successfully freeze a drive for like 4 hours in a zip lock and then bet me that it would boot... that one still failed, but the next one he did worked at least till it got warm, long enough to get needed data.
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just dont do this:

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a drive that is unreadable even booted into Linux is more or less dead. Can you pull any data off of it as it is? No? Yup, dead.

You can try to locate a copy of Spinrite...it may take several days to get your drive working enough to get data off of it. Bad sectors dont just show up for no reason.

Freezing doesnt destroy the data on the drive. I dont see what's so taboo about it. The internals of the drive are almost hermetically sealed minus one vent hole that is filtered. And on top of that, inside there is a desiccant pack.
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I can't mount it in Linux as is.

I reckon it's completely dead. But I'd better at least try to access data. Will Recuva help me at all? Drive does still show in the BIOS, and in Disk Utility in Linux, it just won't mount.

The laptop owner isn't expecting any data to be recovered.
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Recuva only works with drives that at least appear mountable. Drives that are not even appearing in My Computer will not work with Recuva.
 
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Haven't checked to see if it appears in Computer yet.

I'm waiting for the new drive to arrive.
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Haven't checked to see if it appears in Computer yet.

I'm waiting for the new drive to arrive.
if it aint showing in Linux, chances are it's definitely not showing up in Windows.
 
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Right, the new HDD is in the laptop and working fine.

The OLD HDD, when connected to my sigrig (in lieu of the ODD) is recognised in the BIOS, and although it boots into my F3 drive, it tries to run CHKDSK on the Dell recovery partition, and skipping it makes bootup to my HDD hang.
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