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Authored by: schaps on Nov 03, '06 09:41:50AM

assuming that this works because the contraction of the materials causes something stuck to become unstuck, it would be the ultimate (at least ultimate available to the common man), to let the drive spend some quality time in a chest of dry ice. That ought to make it shrink back from its recalcitrant behavior.

Probably not wise to run it that cold, though.


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taking it just a bit further...
Authored by: hamarkus on Nov 03, '06 11:35:03AM

I am wondering if at some point, some of the lubricating fluids (if there are lubricating fluids at all, and not all carbon and steel) might seperate in different components.

Another issue, might be, particulary if cooled too quickly, tensions build up in some parts, which can cause damage.

And for sure, everything that cold should be handled very carefully since things become quite brittle at these temperatures.

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