Casey Bralla on 31 Dec 2009 07:49:39 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Reflogging the dead hard drive horse

But unfortunately, Steve left out the most critical part of the story:  What 
flavor was the ice cream?  <grin>

In all seriousness, this is actually the first time I have ever heard of 
anyone actually using the freezer to recover data, although I'm sure we all 
knew that it's theoretically possible,  

Great story Steve!

On Thursday 31 December 2009 10:37:02 am Carl Johnson wrote:
> Too bad the ice cream was in use. You could've had some while waiting for
> the copy. ;-)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steven Phillips <>
> Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2009 10:11 AM
> To:
> Subject: [PLUG] Reflogging the dead hard drive horse
> I know there was quite an involved thread on this a while back, but... I
>  had a drive fail in my laptop, and though most of the files were not
>  important, I had the bulk of my college assignments saved there. They
>  weren't backed up, of course and I wanted to save my assignments for
>  sentimental reasons. The drive would only spin up long enough to display
>  the files and
> directories, and only after sitting in the freezer overnight.Finally, I was
> going to give up, but thought "If it only spins up when it's cold, maybe I
> should just leave it in the freezer." So I threw a book on top of the ice
> cream, hooked the drive up to a usb cable and closed the freezer door.
> By keeping it in the freezer, the drive lasted long enough for me to copy
> all my files over to my notebook.
> Steve


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