hosed hard drive help

Charles Curley charlescurley at charlescurley.com
Thu Jul 30 15:48:29 MDT 2009


On Thu, 30 Jul 2009 14:56:35 -0600
"Daniel C." <dcrookston at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 2:51 PM, Garth Hill<garth at thrag.net> wrote:
> > I have a friend who frizzled her hard drive.  I don't know the
> > extent, but she took it to geek squad or best buy and they told her
> > $1600 to get the data back.  Does anyone know of a cheaper or free
> > as in pizza way of doing this?
> 
> Put it in the freezer overnight, then try it again.  It may spin up
> long enough to get data off of it.

Two thoughts here: don't let it get below the minimum storage
temperature. The lubricants will turn to jelly and make it harder to
start the spindle motor, and could even damage it. Also, be very
careful of humidity: you don't need condensate shorting across PCB
leads.

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