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Putting A Hard Drive In The Freezer For Data Recovery

April 20, 2017 Jon 7 Comments

Putting A Hard Drive In The Freezer For Data Recovery

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At ACS Data Recovery, we get countless calls where people have stated they tried freezing their hard drive, or their computer / IT technician recommended putting their dead hard drive in the freezer. We are going to show you why this is not only a bad idea, but it’s a HORRIBLE idea. If your data is important DO NOT put your hard disk in the freezer for any reason. Doing so can…and will cause permanent data loss.

At ACS Data Recovery we’ve been recovering data from failed hard drives for people all over the world for over a decade. We do all of our own recovery work in-house, and we never charge evaluation fees. Even if you don’t send your drive to us, just make sure you find another reputable firm to help you…but by all means…NEVER put your hard drive in the freezer.
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  1. Me Here
    April 20, 2017 - 3:31 pm

    The condensation that you showed was from your environment which is not climate controlled, as well as, your breath. Handling a drives PCB (electronics) is your bare hands is also a do NOT do in the industry.

  2. Zakk Gardner
    April 20, 2017 - 4:10 pm

    If your goal here is to keep hard drives out of the freezer you may want to change the title of this video.

  3. Insert Name Here
    April 20, 2017 - 4:14 pm

    i had a broken harddrive and i did nothing and it worked
    for 10 minutes
    then i teared it down. and the read head was broken litterally

  4. FireballXL55
    April 20, 2017 - 5:14 pm

    Hi I know it is a long time since you did this but when you took the drive out of the bag was it still cold?. If so then moisture would freeze on the platters from the air as you open it.

    The reason I say this I had a drive from a apple cinema that would not boot and I could not get much if any data off it.

    I put it in a freezer inside bags but connected to a USB to SATA interface. 24H later I left it in the freezer and powered it up and got 92Gb off it and the user was over the moon.

    I don't know if it was the board or the mechanics that was faulty but it did work.

    But I have never been able to repeat it properly again.

  5. William Langfield
    April 20, 2017 - 5:26 pm

    Why not just use FREEZE spray (or even a can of compressed air – used close by that stuff cools stuff fast too) the PCB instead of throwing the whole HDD in a freezer.
    I kinda wasn't paying to this guys ravings anyway, just thought from what part of it I actually heard while doing more important things.
    BTW: This is the first I've heard of HDDs being frozen in an attempt to 'repair' them! -B!LL!

  6. duthies
    April 20, 2017 - 6:13 pm

    Don't get me wrong, I think you're bang on the money discouraging people from doing this, but your reasoning is wrong.

    "After 5 hours, it's pretty obvious you can see, theres already crystallisation on the platter itself"

    This crystallisation is not the result of being in the freezer for 5 hours. This crystallisation is the result of condensation settling then freezing on the drive surface.

    I'm not saying that there was no moisture in the drive whatsoever, but everything that we see in this video settled on that drive after you broke the seal.

    You can see in your video how fast the condensation is settling and freezing, it happens before our eyes – between the first time you show us the platter at 9.52 to only a minute later the platter went from mostly reflective to nearly completely opaque.
    The only reason we see the edges slightly misty when you first open the drive is because you were letting moisture in from 9.16 to 9.52 after breaking the seal.

  7. shaymo mitch**l
    April 20, 2017 - 6:42 pm

    If you put a HDD in the freezer you should not be allowed with in 100 ft of a PC or laptop

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