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Use the fridge, not the freezer
Authored by: lionel77 on Nov 01, '06 11:32:55PM

If you put your drive in the freezer for 2 hours, it won't spin up (i.e., the hard drive motor seems completely dead) . That's at least the experience I made. What has worked for me in the past is to put the drive wrapped in a towel inside a big zip lock bag and then leave it in the fridge for like 30 minutes. I've recovered data from two fire wire hard drives this way, which had overheated in the summer so that their motor would get stuck when

Whether the "fridge trick" works or not, however, really depends on why the drive has failed in the first place. If your drive has experienced a head crash for example (happened once to me b/c of a power outage -- since then all my machines are hooked up to UPSs) then no amount of cooling can get you back your data. So remember, save early, save often. ;)

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