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Has your hard drive died? Try freezing it!

This handy hint is a way to get your data off a dead hard drive. Freeze it for 24 hours and then quickly plug it into your computer when cold. Who know, it might be worth trying one day.

Disc freezing works mostly if your disc is broken and you hear a strange clicking sound in it. In most cases, the head of the disc moves from the center so you can hear strange noises, and in case you freeze it, it will fix the head for a while.

The first thing you need to do is take the disc out and put it in a closed little plastic box to avoid sweating. After that, put it in the refrigerator and wait from an hour until 24 hours, depending on how long you can wait and how frozen you want it to be. That means that if you keep it in the refrigerator for a longer time, you will be able to retrieve more information.

After keeping your disc in the refrigerator long enough take it out and connect it to the computer as soon as possible. Start the computer as soon as possible as well. If your computer does recognize the disc, try to save as much information as you can in a hurry, because the disc will not work anymore once it gets warm.

You may repeat this process several times to save more information until all - or most of your data will be stored in a safe place.

By netchicken: posted on 11-2-2009

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