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A possible way of getting data off a dying hard disk
Authored by: BrentT on Nov 01, '06 08:01:59AM
Oops. I thought the html code worked. The freezer hint was at--
http://www.macosxhints.com/comment.php?mode=view&cid=49301

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the freezer trick -- my comment resurfaces
Authored by: mikerose on Nov 02, '06 03:21:00PM

I'm flattered to be the author of the source comment for the "freezer trick." Ah, fame...

Just to update that, two years later on: as drive densities get higher, the cooldown cycle has proved somewhat less effective at getting a drive to mount in a recoverable state. Older drives may have been easier to force into a thermal recalibration mode; I don't know for sure. Our 'hit rate' on freezing drives has dropped from about 4/5 success to perhaps half the time.



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the freezer trick -- my comment resurfaces
Authored by: tobyvoss on Nov 02, '06 04:00:05PM

great hint of yours of old! if only i'd looked for (or found) it about 3 years ago, when my pb's disk was about to fail.
i found out i could prevent its immediate demise by cooling the madly clicking pb with a former power-supply fan, while Data Rescue X was peeling off every bit of a bit, numerous times, it seemed. it was a successful but rather tedious procedure.
external casing would have been my next try at retrieving the data.
physically rotating the drive would not have occured to me at that time - DUH!
thanks for the parent hint, too!



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