Hard Drive Freezer Trick

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  1. rightdownupleft

    rightdownupleft New Member

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    Do you put the hard drive back in while its frozer or do you wait for it to warm back up??
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    Make sure you keep the drive in an airtight ziplock bag when it's in the freezer -- with as much air removed, as possible.

    You want it to remain as cold as possible while you try to recover the data. You might consider using a USB>IDE bridge and leaving the drive in the freezer.
     
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    haha ill just set the laptop in the freezer while i try.
     
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    m0nk3y Not now, chief.

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    May not work as well, consider the heat the laptop puts off...
     
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    Yea. I'm truly not expecting this to work.

    Its my girlfriends shitty Toshiba laptop. So whatever happens happens.
     
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    Out of my mind, brb never.
    Someone esplain this "trick" I have never heard of.
     
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    not good for the lcd. you also have to worry about condensation -- not good.

    don't do it.
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    is it not spinning up at all? is it not being recognized in bios? you may not have to resort to this

    i have done it a couple of times in the past as a last resort. it worked for one of my drives. allowed me to attach it as a slave and get all my data off of it. shortly after, literally 2mins after, it died for good.

    just be sure that you have everything ready to go, because i've read multiple places (and in my own instance) that it will kill the drive very quickly

    makes me wonder about leaving my macbook in my car when it's 10 degrees outside


    i've also read about people switching out controller cards and hitting the hard drive to get it to work temporarily
     
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    You can damage your LCD panel. Be careful.

    The controller card swap is dangerous. Not all controllers are created equal among drives, models, or even between diff serial #'s.

    The BFH approach has some merit.
     

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