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Frozen Hard Drive

I had heard before around the net about how if you have a hard drive that has at least partially failed mechanically that freezing it some times can get it working one more time. Well, I can say that at least in my case, it did work. The system drive in one of my computers went out today. The drive was making a clanking noise and the computer wasn't recognizing the drive.

So I put the drive in a zip-lock bag and stuck it in the freezer for about half an hour. After that I took the drive out of the bag and plugged it back in. The motor had a little trouble at first but the computer detected the hard drive on the first try. And it worked at least long enough for me to run Ghost and image the contents to another drive.

I was kind of skeptical of the idea but it worked and was a lucky break. Including the freezing time, I had the thing ghosted and back up and running in under an hour.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2006 at 7:04 pm - (0) comments.

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