H.Drive wouldn't work+Freezer trick worked!!!!!!!!

  buel 23:49 16 May 2009
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Hi, it's late at night so ill make it brief- Iv had a hard drive that had given up the ghost and id tried everything i could think of to get data off it and NOTHING worked.....until i tried the old 'urban myth' of putting it in the freezer for a few hours...My God i cant believe it actually works!!!
Has anyone else experienced this??
I thought it was just one of those old housewives tales??

  phono 00:09 17 May 2009

I have heard of this but have never actually come across anyone who actually did it, apart from you now, of course.

In the past I did have some success retrieving data from failed Fijitsu IDE hard drives using a large fan to blow cool air on the drive controller board.

There was a large batch of these drives which had a chip on the controller board which overheated and eventually "self destructed". The chip was supplied to Fujitsu by a third party and was such a problem that Fujitsu eventually pulled out of the IDE hard drive market altogether, I am not sure if they ever re-entered the IDE market, maybe someone can enlighten us.

  crosstrainer 07:56 17 May 2009

...You got lucky! Yes it's an old trade trick for last ditch data recovery prior to resorting to expensive recovery specialist equipment.

Now backup and replace asap!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:10 17 May 2009

Yes
but often only works once., allows you a small amount of time to get essential data from the drive.

  OTT_Buzzard 11:11 17 May 2009

ok, so why does it work?

  Taff™ 12:35 17 May 2009

Worked once out of three times for me too. ditto crosstrainer

  interzone55 14:28 17 May 2009

I remember those drives - I was working for a PC manufacturer at the time and we'd used about 20,000 of the drives.It cost us a fortune replacing them all with Seagate drives.

Fujitsu still make hard drives for notebooks & servers, I don't think they sell consumer grade drives any more though...

  Pineman100 14:53 17 May 2009

I speak out of no knowledge whatsoever, but I would imagine it's a faily high-risk strategy. If it's a warm day, or the drive is a little warm, you could risk condensation on it - not the best friend of electronics!

  interzone55 15:29 17 May 2009

That's why it's a good idea to seal the drive in a plastic back before putting it in the freezer.

I've done this trick a few times, but it's only worked once,and then only for about 15 minutes - ling enough to copy off the documents before it seized up again...

  crosstrainer 15:46 17 May 2009

et al...

As I said this is a "last ditch approach" If after performing such an operation successfully, backup, and replace.

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