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The other day I spent three hours trying to bring a hard drive back from the dead. I believe the drivers got all @#%ed up, and even when a utility could see the drive, it couldn't mount or format it. I tried SCSIProbe, Hard Disk ToolKit, Hard Disk SpeedTools, Drive Setup and Silverlining Pro, all to no avail.

Then I remembered reading the other day that putting a dead drive in the freezer for a while may bring it back to life, even if only for five minutes (hopefully long enough to transfer your most critical data).

I left the drive in the freezer for about two hours, then very quickly (to avoid condensation forming) plugged it into an external box. Some of the utilities could now see it (when they couldn't before), but that's all. However, Silverlining Pro was now able to totally reformat the drive. I've since run a number of tests on the drive, and it passes with flying colours.

The question I now have is this: How the hell did this work? Any theories?
 
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