Freeze your hard drive to recover data: Myth or reality?

by Terence

This is an interesting article I came across on Geeks are Sexy Technology News… if your harddisk is suffering from a mechanical failure, you can actually get it to work for long enough to copy all your data off the drive if you put the harddisk in the freezer (ziplock it first to prevent condensation).

Apparently, the reason it works is that the lower temperature in the freezer causes the parts in the harddisk to contract, so it gives some elbow room to whatever was stuck to move around a bit.

Cool bananas 🙂 I hope I never have to use this trick, but it’s nice to know that all is not lost in such cases.