Carl Johnson on 8 Dec 2010 10:05:00 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Freezer trick

Mainly, you've introduced dust particles which can scratch the platters as they move into the gap between the heads.

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"Edmond Rodriguez" <> wrote:

>Picking up on an earlier post:
>I have an old Maxtor 7213AI 212MB drive that won't spin.  I tried the
>freezer trick (one hour), did not help.
>I later opened the case (took the unknown risk) to make sure the
>platter was able to spin (not stuck).  It could spin.  Not sure if I
>ruined the drive by opening it.
>Did I ruin it by opening it?  Loss of vacuum (I don't think it was in
>a vacuum, doesn't seem sealed well enough for that).
>I am thinking about the overnight freezer trick, but having opened it,
>will that introduce condensation inside that I may not have otherwise
>had to deal with?
>Only other option I am thinking is to try and replace the control
>board.  Wow on ebay, when I looked a few months ago, these things are
>quite expensive (they are after all only 212MB), but I guess they see
>me coming.
>>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.
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