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My computer displays boot disk failure . is it true that if i put the hard drive in the freezer it will work again? i view the video in youtube

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Seagate HDDs are showing problems nw a days.. ok first listen to HDD carefully if it is generating some sound.. (Tak Tak Tak.. type sound). if not try to change the HDD Cable and boot... Dont put inside freezer.. there will be water formation inside hdd which makes short circuit..

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That depends on what your hdd problem is. If the bearing is going out on you and the disk is generating a lot of heat, then the freezer trick might give you just enough time to get critical data copied. I've done it many times in my career both corporate & as a consultant. Always put it in a good ziploc bag when you freeze it. Watch for condensation as the drive heats up. It is best to use long data & power cables and set the drive on a solid surface OUTSIDE your PC case. If you have to do this to extract data, the next stop for this drive is a recycle bin.

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  • coz Jun 01, 2010

    Well, what is your objective? Data recovery or making the drive work again? How old is the drive?


    A boot failure can be caused by a failing hdd or due to the drive information area (factory servo written) becoming corrupt (I've seen virus cause this). If you provide as much specific info as possible, I can give you more precise recommendations.

  • coz Jun 02, 2010

    Just to make things clear:


    An old failing driver cannot be made functional by freezing. So, how old is the drive? Does it make clicking sound (it is trying to recalibrate)?


    If it's a relatively new drive and you need to get critical data off, then thermal characteristic control definitely helps.


    A relatively new drive that is mechanically good, but has logical errors will NOT benefit from freezing. Just reformat, scan for error and return to service.


    I hope this helps.

  • coz Jun 08, 2010

    If you hear it clicking, the drive is failing the initialization sequence. During this process, it needs to determine the drive characteristic by reading the factory reserved area. There are a number of possibilities why it can't read this area: 1. damaged head, 2. damaged platter, 3. corrupted reserved area.


    If you have important data to recover, you can try recovery software. The chances of recovery is not very high.


    You can send the drive to a cleanroom facility. They take the platters out and mount them on their recovery system, then read the data & save to an alternate media.


    There are low-level disk utilities that will read the reserved area & validate the data. There are also utilities like Spinrite which will scan the drive for recoverable data.


    Any of the above will cost you time and money. If you are just trying to recycle the drive, it may not be worth the effort.

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That is a myth and I would really recommend you to NOT try it as when it starts to dry out your electrical will get condensation in it then you will have to replace your hard drive and other parts instead of just getting a new HD

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