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A possible way of getting data off a dying hard disk
Authored by: mike666 on Nov 01, '06 10:54:22AM
Specifically, an angle of 45° is recommended although I had one drive that wouldn't read unless I gently rocked it back and forth the entire time...

The cooling thing works in many cases too, especially since failing 2.5" drives do tend to overheat. I've found that a small desk mounted fan pointed at the drive while it's externally hooked up and sitting at an angle will usually do the job. I personally believe that for 2.5" drives propping them at an angle usually does more for cooling than for any mechanical assistance with spinning. I don't recommend putting an entire PowerBook into the freezer though - the freezer trick is a last resort and should be done just with the drive itself, bagged and sealed with as much silica gel as you can stick in with it. Condensation is a drag.

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