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Authored by: shoobe01 on Nov 03, '06 08:13:47AM

I've known about this for years.

Biggest use I saw was a batch of bad Portege HDDs about 5-6 years ago. However, they only worked when frozen. Put the drive in the freezer for an hour or so (small item, so cold soak does NOT take 8 hours) and then got about 20 minutes of good runtime before it warmed up enough to fail again. Took about 5 cycles to get all the data pulled from the drive.

Personally, I'd get a longer drive and power cable and just run the drive from INSIDE the freezer. Avoids the codensation issues, and once you remove it, its going straight to the trash, anyway.

Conjecture is that it has something to do with the bearings. This /seems/ to be so, as the drive sounds like its running slower when it starts to fail, then will not spin reliably at all. Not, of course, sure what's actually happening. Coule be motor, voice coil, control circuits, resistors, or anything else, also.

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