Hard disk recovery ice capades

One of the first things I remember reading on TechRepublic was an article with 200 tips and tricks for recovering data from failing hard disks. One of the most outlandish ideas contained in that mountain of advice was the suggestion that you can sometimes resuscitate a drive that’s experiencing mechanical problems by throwing it in the freezer for a while. While working the help desk, I’ve never had a failing drive disposable enough that I would consider using it to test that suggestion. I’ve always wondered whether it really worked or not, though. Well, I should be careful what I wish for in the future…

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