[olug] hdd problems

Eric Lusk wyrmzr72 at yahoo.com
Thu May 31 01:03:38 UTC 2012

Some will respond to being iced down like that, and you may even try sticking it in a freezer for a day to see if it runs for a bit while it's cold.
One downside is that I've been hearing about fluid suspensions in some drives that can freeze and be damaged, but freezing the drive is usually only done if it's pretty much gone already.

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 From: Lou Duchez <lou at paprikash.com>
To: Omaha Linux User Group <olug at olug.org> 
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7:51 PM
Subject: Re: [olug] hdd problems
Dude I know has a trick for getting hard drives to work long enough to salvage data:

1)    Open the computer case and pull the hard drive out so it's still connected but is sitting on your desk.

2)    Put a sandwich bag around the hard drive.

3)    Put a bag of ice on top of the sandwich bag.

This obviously isn't guaranteed to work with every hard drive, but it does work a lot of the time.

> A friend gave me a desktop hdd and he said he thought there was a head
> crash, but I thought that if that was the problem, powering the drive would
> make sounds.
> I put it in a desktop and booted to an ubuntu live cd, but the drive
> wasn't accessible, didn't make any noise, and didn't vibrate.
> What else could be the problem? the on board circuitry is dead?
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