Anyone here ever freeze a hard drive before?

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  1. WannaZO6

    WannaZO6 There are 10 types of people in the world, the one

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    My 40 gig main hard drive just died. :wtc: I'm going to pick up a new 80 gig :bigthumb: tomo as a new boot drive but i need some stuff (not pr0n) off the old drive.

    Anyone here freeze a hard drive before? I've also read that giving it a good smack breaks the platters free and lets you back stuff of for a little while.
     
  2. Wolf68k

    Wolf68k OT Supporter

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    You can try a data recovery service that can do it for you. You send in your HDD and they can take what they can off of the drive. However it's going to cost you a good bit of hard cash for the service.
     
  3. CyberBullets

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    its just an urban ledgend. it will cause more damage as condensation will freeze to the platters
     
  4. Wolf68k

    Wolf68k OT Supporter

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    Oh yeah as for hitting the platters. I take you mean that as in opening the harddrive up competely and hitting them with something.

    I've see on tv, TechTV's The Screen Savers, a guy hit a room temperature HDD platters with a hammer, and not very hard, and they exploded into a cloud of dust.
     
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    :dunno: about that...I was able to put my old hdd into a freezer-loc ziploc baggie and left it in the freezer for 2 hours. Pulled it out, no frostbite or ice particles on the hdd, plugged it back in and it booted up fine.

    I made cd-r back up of all necessary files i needed before trashing it.
     
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    I've done the freezer trick but only had success about 20% of the time, but for that 20% it was worth it for my customers.
    Just make sure you're really quick on the data transfer, get it hooked up and booted asap and it might work for you. And if you decide to hit the drive, you want to do it on the side, not the top, so holding the drive on it's side just slam it into the desk fairly hard a couple of times then try booting it.
     
  7. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    You know when you say "(not pr0n)" it only makes it more obvious that it's porn, right? :p

    Anyway, as someone mentioned before, try a data recovery service, they might be able to help you. However, they are extremely expensive.
     
  8. WannaZO6

    WannaZO6 There are 10 types of people in the world, the one

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    thanks guys, im picking up my new hard drive tomo. ill tell you how the freezing goes.
     
  9. col_panic

    col_panic calm like a bomb Moderator

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    15 minutes in the reefer ought to do it
     
  10. Rob

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    I've hit the platters in HD's numerous times with a hammer and nothing has happened. :wtf:
     
  11. Keyzs

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    Were you able to get data off them afterwards???

    Actually older platters were made from some form of aluminum, newer (80-100+) all almost always glass or ceramic. And literally when they break they shatter into a dust. Tap it just right and it disappears in a cloud of dust, I guess it’s a good way to assure someone cannot read your data...
     
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    yeah it's true. I make more money off of data recovery this way. Make sure you use a ziplock freezer bad though. I only put it in for about a 1/2 hour before starting it up. It works about 80-90% of the time. The other 10% try and wack it on a telephone book it usually works.
     
  13. Zz_3.14_zZ

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    ya, dont turn it in to a block of ice...but if you do i want pics.
     

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