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Turken wrote:So I was talking with my boss about the lab computer hard drive that died the other day, and he had a suggestion that I've never heard of in all my years fixing computers for friends and family -- freeze the drive to resurrect it for a few minutes in which you pull all your important files off.
Anyone ever tried this? Doing a quick search on Google implies that it's done pretty often and works most of the time, but I'm still a bit skeptical.
I've done it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, it really depends on the nature of the failure. It works because of the simple fact that metals conduct better at low temperatures, and as a result electronics work better and more efficiently - even though it kinda sounds crazy, the principle of freezing your electronics to help temporarily resurrect them is sound. Putting it in a zipper bag will help avoid condensation.
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