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It probably won't. Most people who suggest it do so not because they understand what's going on, but because it's a magic incantation that sometimes works in some circumstances for some people. Nevermind whether it's appropriate for you or not. Unfortunately far too many people give "advice" in this manner.

Anyway, paste the drive's SMART data and let's see what we have to work with here.
When the freezing trick works, it usually only works for mechanical problems, if the mechanical part has not completely failed yet. The principal behind it is that the metal parts of the HDD contract and can sometimes cause mis-aligned parts to temporarily realign, or a loose read arm to tighten at its piviot point. The freezing process will usually do nothing if the problem is caused by a failing circuit board or controller.

It is not quite the same as baking a graphics card, where the baking process reflows solder to make better connections at the weak connection points of the components to the circuit board.
Edited by xandypx - 3/25/11 at 2:44pm
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When the freezing trick works, it usually only works for mechanical problems, if the mechanical part has not completely failed yet. The principal behind it is that the metal parts of the HDD contract and can sometimes cause mis-aligned parts to temporarily realign, or a loose read arm to tighten at its piviot point. The freezing process will usually do nothing if the problem is caused by a failing circuit board or controller.

It is not quite the same as baking a graphics card, where the baking process reflows solder to make better connections at the weak connection points of the components to the circuit board.
This is all true enough. At least somebody knows WHY one would try the freezer trick. However, the OP's description didn't immediately suggest mechanical failure; indeed, a couple of people had to ask whether it was a SSD or not.
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When the freezing trick works, it usually only works for mechanical problems, if the mechanical part has not completely failed yet. The principal behind it is that the metal parts of the HDD contract and can sometimes cause mis-aligned parts to temporarily realign, or a loose read arm to tighten at its piviot point. The freezing process will usually do nothing if the problem is caused by a failing circuit board or controller.

It is not quite the same as baking a graphics card, where the baking process reflows solder to make better connections at the weak connection points of the components to the circuit board.
great info... thanks, I learned something new.
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recuva ... didnt really recover anything.
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recuva ... didnt really recover anything.
That sucks. Now go read my post that you skipped before.
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That sucks. Now go read my post that you skipped before.
how can I get SMART data from the drive?
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NM I got it
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NM I got it
You got it, but do yourself a favor and don't ever use that piece of carp again. Displaying stuff in hex is a real pain.

Anyway, your drive is showing 95 "pending" reads, which basically means the sectors were totally unreadable, in addition to the 57 reallocated sectors.

If you do NOT still need to recover data, RMA the drive immediately.

If you still need to recover data:

This drive is a good candidate for running SpinRite. I strongly recommend doing this from a second computer, as the computer running SpinRite will be unusable during the process. Depending on the damage this could take anywhere from two hours to two days. Once it completes, attempt to copy off any files you may need, and then RMA the drive.
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It's nice to see someone else who knows and understands the value of SpinRite. :
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http://www.grc.com/cs/prepurch.htm is it $80?
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