Do NOT Freeze or Heat Your Hard Drive

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Two More Common "Internet Solutions" Reputed to Fix a Failing Hard Drive Include Putting it in a Freezer, or Heating it With a Hair Dryer:

  • Whilst there is a rational basis for both suggestions, both are also likely to make a bad situation even worse!
  • Freezing a drive is meant to stop it from over heating
  • In reality, once the drive is powered on again the temperature rises and the drive fills with condensation, which damages the electronic components
  • Heating a drive aims to expand the metal inside the hard drive and somehow ‘free-up’ a non-spinning drive, allowing it to spin again
  • In truth, even if this does work, it is likely to be a temporary fix that will not even last long enough to recover the data