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Today has been an interesting day.  The hard drive on my laptop died.  It has been acting up for a few days and I kept saying "I need to back everything up before it dies".  Well, that didn't happen and it's dead.  I went down to our IT group to see if that had any utilities to help me out.  Make a mental picture of this.... It's around 4pm on a friday afternoon.  I walk in and say that my hard drive is dead.  They said, "Oh, we should put it in the freezer for the weekend and we'll check it out on monday."  I trust these guys, but at a glance this looks like "don't bother me on friday afternoon, let's wait until monday."  Well, there is no way I can wait until monday, so I brought the drive home and figured I could try it out here.  I just googled this and found out that there is some truth to this method.  Right now as I type this email (on my desktop), my hard drive is in the fridge "chillin out".  Wish me luck!   I'll let you know if this works out for me.

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2008 9:28 PM | Back to top

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It works!!!! I found an article on line that said to put it in the fridge, not the freezer. It stated that you do not want it to get colder than 30 F. I did it overnight and it worked. The first time I booted up it still failed, I tried a second time and it worked!!! After about 20 minutes, it started to make noises. I put a gel ice pack under the laptop and kept working. I had it running for over an hour while I backed everything up. I found several files that were corrupt, but for the most part I recovered my data. Now starts the fun process of getting a new image on a new drive and reloading all my stuff.
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Go buy: It has worked EVERY TIME I've had a HD die.
Left by todd on Feb 13, 2008 3:37 PM

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