Linus, the freezer method does not work to recover hard drives - remove your video!
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October 2, 2011, 12:34 AM
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My aunts 6 year old laptop died. She went ahead and did the freezer bag technique that she found on google, before I had even seen this original video. Surprisingly it worked.
For people like her who don't even want to spend the money to buy a new laptop, suggesting that their only course of action is to plunk down $1200 to a data recovery service to get their stuff back is a hard sell. Most of the time people already have accepted that their files are long gone by the time it comes to resorting to something like this.
On a slightly related note, perhaps it would be worthwhile to test the condensation issue with a pair of working drives? Use on of these to seal the drive in the freezer and then freeze it:
It would be interesting to see if doing that vs putting it in a ziploc bag the way you did in the video is a better way to go.
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