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    Angry Clicky HDD Death for the Freezer

    Right my HDD started to make a clicky noise of death and by the time i could start to back things up. it just dissapeared from My Computer.

    I've heard rumours that you can put it in your freezer over night and it'd work for like 20 mins or so...

    If so what do I need to do?


    Cheers,

    Dave

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    as long as its air / liquid tight such as one of those sealable sandwich bags so it does not get any liquid in it or on it then yes shove it in the freeze over night - this should cool it down so that when you use it - it should allow you to access the data for long enough assuming there is only some data you need to copy not hundreds of gigabytes as it would only last for 20 mins or so depending on how hot the hdd got

    Heard of it tried and working but never had anyone in real life try it.

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    Thanks, I'll go and have an adventure putting it in the freezer, Hopefully it will work "I've never been in our Freezer before... only the Fridge!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveMurphy View Post
    Thanks, I'll go and have an adventure putting it in the freezer, Hopefully it will work "I've never been in our Freezer before... only the Fridge!"
    lol - I have for ice cream - one of my down falls

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    Or if it starts to heat up and you're not done with data - if you've got some of those compressed air cans to waste, aim one of them at it for a bit, cools them down nicely while they're running (used that trick once to get a particularly large file off). You should also be able to dump it back in the freezer - so you might want to do smaller chunks of data rather than one large "copy everything at once"

    RwD

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    Quote Originally Posted by RinSewand View Post
    Or if it starts to heat up and you're not done with data - if you've got some of those compressed air cans to waste, aim one of them at it for a bit, cools them down nicely while they're running (used that trick once to get a particularly large file off). You should also be able to dump it back in the freezer - so you might want to do smaller chunks of data rather than one large "copy everything at once"

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    you could get a plastic picknic type basket / box and you could put ice packs / ice around the hard drive which is in a water / air tight bag standing upwards after you take it out of the freezer the next day that way it stays cool whilst accessing it as long as the level of the ice etc is no higher then the hard drive so it does not melt and go into the bag obviously

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    I've done it, and it does work. Transfer in small batches and re-freeze every so often. It only takes a while to get it back down to temp.

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    Tricky, it's one of those myths but it *does work*

    However, when you need to recover - do NOT use windows.
    Windows is TERRIBLE at reading it's own file system and stresses the drive hugely. Especially true for Maxtor drives over any other manufacturer. So, grab yourself a linux live CD (Ubuntu will do nicely) and copy everything you need from that. It is odd that Linux is better than Windows at reading NTFS but it's amusing how much data you can save that way.

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    any average time I should keep it in the freezer? how long is over night? 6/7 hours?

    Dave

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    Long enough to cool the drive down. I would have thought 1 or 2 hours would be enough. All depends just how cold your freezer is.

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    Speaking as an ex data recovery engineer. WILL PEOPLE STOP SPREADING THE MYTH OF FREEZING THE B@574RDING HARD DRIVES!

    It ONLY works when the motor is seizing in old style ball bearing motors, and the chances of that being the problem are very slim unless its an old drive or you've dropped it. You are only reducing your chance of getting the data back.

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    Next you're going to tell me in the mirror and saying 'Candyman' 3 times doesn't work either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    you could get a plastic picknic type basket / box and you could put ice packs / ice around the hard drive
    Then just pop in some champagne and some smoked salmon sandwiches and go to the river for a wonderful afternoon...

    Anyway, back on track, got to agree with midget that this works on old drives with mechanical problems, but then the OP did say he was getting the clicky noise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midget View Post
    WILL PEOPLE STOP SPREADING THE MYTH OF FREEZING THE B@574RDING HARD DRIVES!
    Please read my post above - It DID work. Not easy, didn't get all the data, but I say again, it worked.

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    Spinrite

    My advice would be to get Spinrite.
    Superb tool - would recommend for everyone - it's a tool I couldn't do without.

    It's not to expensive (and if it recovers your data even once, it's worth the price)
    Also, if it doesn't work, he offers your money back.
    I've definitely had my moneys worth from it over the years.

    Steve Gibson is a legend in the field of Security and Data Recovery.

    Home of Gibson Research Corporation

    He's got a lot of useful info on his site. (plus his firewall check is immense!)
    Also, check out his weekly podcasts - awesome stuff.

    Chunky

    PS: if it's a ticking from the actuator, then there's very little hope for it. Sorry to be the bringer of bad news.

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