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    Freezing you dead HDD in a ziplock bag can make it work for a few minutes or longer if you are lucky.

    Put it in a ziplock bag for about an hour in the freezer and then plug it in the PC.

    I saw people have good results with this.

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    thx for the tip, might need it one day
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    Yup! And sometimes knocking the drive on its edge gets it working again too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virtualbody1234
    Yup! And sometimes knocking the drive on its edge gets it working again too.
    WTF? Surely you mean shaking it real hard?
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    i actually use ice cooling... i put a couple of bags around some ice
    then a towel around that... then i put that on the harddrive...works decently, because then the heat transfers to the water...

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    thats not very smart. Too much water involved. It would be better to use dry ice.

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    The freezing method either by regular or dry ice. Is only meant as a last ditch solution. It is meant for disaster recovery only. I have researched this, not tried it. Hope not to. Best way is as mentioned, 1hr in ziplock in freezer. That alone will (when it works) give ~20mins of regular functioning. To continue up to 2hrs set the drive on a ice source. Recommended are ice packs. The reuseable ones. Also for less strain it's best to use the f'd up drive as slave & copy files over to another drive. After this the drive will supposedly not function at all. These are generalities of course, there will be exceptions.

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    Well a dead HDD is only for disaster recovery.There is nothing else useful for it.

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