fixing your hard disk by putting it in a freezer?

@o0jopak0o (6408)
Philippines
May 7, 2010 8:37am CST
have anyone have tried it before? i have a hard disk i know is destroyed but i want to know if there are important files in there. they say this is a one chance thing anyone tried this before or is this one of urban myth?
4 responses
@lovedude (4456)
• India
8 May 10
well.. I have tried it and it got success too.. I had put hard disk in freezer, it was not being detected and it worked for 2-3 days so that I could take backup..
@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
9 May 10
for how long have you put it in the freezer?
@lovedude (4456)
• India
9 May 10
almost for 7-8 hours.. I had put at night and in morning I attached with my laptop.. It took almost 20-30 minutes to get detected. I mean it detected as soon as it attached but that explorer checking all files took almost half an hour. I didn't stop anything.. then I copy my all valuable data from hdd to my laptop. though due to damage it was very slowly but anyhow I took backup..
@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
9 May 10
hmm i will try it now but ill put it in the freezer for a little longer. for how long did it work? or did it work perfectly now? ill pity myself if ill go to all this trouble and nothing valueble is in it. Don't really now whats on it. it used to be my mother's and she said there's some picture in it. hoping i can get some important files on it
@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
7 May 10
Hard disks will eventually degrade from the heat generated due to the constant spinning of the platters. In the long run the needles start sticking to them, thus making the hard disks non-functional. Placing a properly wrapped problemmatic hard disk in a freezer helps the needles to become separated. I am not sure about the technical details since I read about it about one year ago. Whatever, this gives the owner a few hours to see whether any data casn be salvaged or not. Do a search and you will probably find more info on this matter, unless I am a victim of a hoax.
@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
7 May 10
thank you for the info, and have read that the "magnets will realign itself to cold making it useful until it heats itself out"
@petersum (4526)
• United States
7 May 10
Myth! But wouldn't it be amazing if it did work! I love these stories, I wish they were true. Can you imagine NASA or the CIA having freezers full of hard disks? Someone could make a fantastic movie based on these stories. Are you there, Mr. Spielburg?
@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
7 May 10
some says it worked, just want to know someone who have done this personally so i can get an opinion about it.
@dsplay5 (361)
• Bulgaria
7 May 10
Ohhh man.. What the hell is this? To put the hard disk in the freezer... I've never heard about this idea before, I haven't tried it and I don't believe it works ;) Absolutely urban myth. Why don't you give it to a specialist, he can fix it, or download your files? :)