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Freezing HDD [message #339078] Sat, 11 March 2017 13:42 Go to next message
Alex Ander is currently offline  Alex Ander
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The hard drive on my PM 5300 looks like it has failed. Is there any truth
that freezing the drive might restore it or is it one of those myths?

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Re: Freezing HDD [message #339079 is a reply to message #339078] Sat, 11 March 2017 14:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Len Gerstel is currently offline  Len Gerstel
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It does work OCCASIONALLY for a limited subset of problems. Note that it is a last ditch effort. Before you start, have everything you need to back up the hard drive should it work and back it up immediately.

Also, there is always the possibility of a circuit board failure on the drive and I have known people to buy a working HD off ebay of the same model and swap the board.

Both of these assume a hardware failure, not software.

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Re: Freezing HDD [message #339080 is a reply to message #339078] Sat, 11 March 2017 14:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Do a search for “stiction” and you’ll likely find that some folks will have declared that freezing their drive(s) caused the drives to spin up again long enough to retrieve the data on them. If all else fails, it’s worth a try. It worked once for me, FWIW.
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> On Mar 11, 2017, at 10:42 AM, Alex Ander <photofan@gmail.com> wrote:
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Re: Freezing HDD [message #339089 is a reply to message #339078] Sat, 11 March 2017 16:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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On Mar 11, 2017, at 11:42 AM, Alex Ander <photofan@gmail.com<mailto:photofan@gmail.com>> wrote:

The hard drive on my PM 5300 looks like it has failed. Is there any truth that freezing the drive might restore it or is it one of those myths?

Not a myth, but it’s not a cure-all. As Len says have everything ready to roll as soon as you plug it in. I was able to recover about 40-50mb of of a failing drive this way.

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Re: Freezing HDD [message #339198 is a reply to message #339078] Mon, 13 March 2017 10:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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If you are going to do this you might consider putting the drive in a
ziplock bag before freezing it. It might keep moisture out. -?

On Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 12:42:45 PM UTC-6, Alex Ander wrote:
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> The hard drive on my PM 5300 looks like it has failed. Is there any truth
> that freezing the drive might restore it or is it one of those myths?
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Re: Freezing HDD [message #339207 is a reply to message #339198] Mon, 13 March 2017 13:25 Go to previous message
Bruce Johnson is currently offline  Bruce Johnson
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> On Mar 13, 2017, at 7:53 AM, turnkit <turnkit@gmail.com> wrote:
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> If you are going to do this you might consider putting the drive in a ziplock bag before freezing it. It might keep moisture out. -?
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> On Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 12:42:45 PM UTC-6, Alex Ander wrote:
> The hard drive on my PM 5300 looks like it has failed. Is there any truth that freezing the drive might restore it or is it one of those myths?

Yes definitely a good idea. I didn’t use a freezer, but a small styrofoam container of ice. I’d forgotten I had a picture of it!

< http://dbdev2.pharmacy.arizona.edu/miscjunk/drive_on_ice.jpg>


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