How effective is putting a hard drive in the freezer?

Solution 1.  Diagnose the Hard Drive Health and Repair

Step 1. In Windows 7/10, click “Start > Computer or This PC”.

Step 2. Right-click your external hard drive.

Step 3. Click “Properties” > “Tools” and press “Check Now” (This option will check the drive for physical problems). 

If errors are found, you can attempt to repair them using this utility. Restart your computer once the repair is finished.

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Step 3: Cool by Putting Hard Drive in Freezer!

Then when it is all nicely sealed, put hard drive in freezer and leave it for several hours, maybe even overnight. Give plenty of time to completely and uniformly cool down to the freezer temperature.

Why might it fix a clicking hard drive if you put it in the freezer?

The word ‘fix’ suggests total recovery to allow ongoing permanent use, but we mean it here as a temporary recovery of operation.

What we’re really hoping for is temporary operation for long enough to recover your data.

Hard disk drive disks and reading heads have incredibly small tolerance (very fine gap between them – they do not normally touch).

To put the hard drive in the freezer will naturally cool the plates and reading head arms.

Cooling the hard drive unit will cause shrinkage in the metal disks and arms inside to a very small degree (pardon the pun!), and it might be sufficient to reduce any warping.

Thus it gives a chance that the physical interference (causing that knocking or abrasion and resulting in the clicking noise) to be avoided while it remains cool.

WARNING: Act to get the data while you still can.

If the drive is still working, immediately copy all your data or back it up. Otherwise you can try this method to put your hard drive in freezer or cold refrigerator (but only after reading all this article first!).

The explanation as to why is further below and warnings above.

This could be a cheap fix and that is what TheTechMentor.com likes to share: methods that save you money.

An alternative action may be to send your drive to a professional hard drive recovery service. Be warned these can cost hundreds of dollars as in the referenced article, but the chances of success are very high.

Note: As stated above, this does not work on solid state drives.

SSDs have no moving components, and so should not ever make a clicking noise.

Here is the hard drive click of death fix:

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This is a version of Victoria for Windows. Being a

This is a version of Victoria for Windows. Being a powerful HDD information and diagnostic utility, it has the same functionality as its counterpart for DOS. But it also have some benefits, like: low CPU load, more convenient user interface, multitasking and multithreading.

Hard Drive Freezer Trick: Gillware’s Conclusion

Freezer trick proponents today usually have the presence of mind to at least warn people that the trick is destructive upfront. They say that the hard drive freezer trick should only be used as a method of last resort for getting your data back.

We, of course, disagree. We don’t think it should be used at all. It’s a bad idea and the consequences range from “nothing actually changes as a result” (thankfully) at best to “your hard drive’s condition is dramatically worsened” at worst. Nobody should be putting their hard drive into Ziploc bags and shoving it into a freezer when it starts to click or beep–especially when it starts to click or beep because at that point, the best and only hope for your data is a professional data recovery company.

If your lost data is important to you, your method of last resort should be a professional data recovery company, not your icebox

We have the tools and skills to solve just about any kind of hard drive failure. Our engineers have seen just about every model of hard drive. We’ve got over a hundred thousand successful data recovery cases and counting under our collective belts from all manner of failed data storage devices. Gillware’s data recovery lab offers secure, professional, and world-class services with free inbound shipping, free in-lab evaluations, and a financially risk-free “No Data, No Charge” guarantee.

If your data isn’t important to you, then by all means, stick your failed hard drive in the freezer (not for data recovery, of course—just for fun). Freeze it in a block of ice if you want. Or you can turn it into a clock, or use it as a doorstop or a paperweight. There are plenty of weird and wonderful things you can do with a broken hard drive.

Solution 3. Reformat the External Hard Drive for Reuse

Taking your important data into consideration, you should make a full backup before proceeding with the final method. If the process of copying files still causes your external hard drive to become unresponsive, crash and freeze up in the end, download EaseUS hard drive recovery software to access and retrieve inaccessible data.

Key features of EaseUS data recovery software:

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Step 1. Choose and scan the external hard drive

  • Download and install EaseUS Data Recovery on your PC or laptop. 
  • Connect the external hard drive to your computer.
  • Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and choose the external drive from External drives list. Then, click scan for lost data. 
Step 2. Check the scan results

Step 2. Check the scan results

  • EaseUS data recovery software will immediately scan the selected drive for all data, including deleted, corrupted, and existing data.
  • You can use the Filter feature to quickly locate the files of one kind, such as Pictures, Word, Excel, PDF, videos, emails, etc.
Step 3. Preview and recover data

Step 3. Preview and recover data

  • Double-clicking a file from the scanned results to preview.
  • Choose the files you want and click “Recover”.
  • Select a different drive to save the recovered files instead of the original one. 
Next, go to Disk Management to fix the freezing is

Next, go to Disk Management to fix the freezing issue on the external hard drive.

Step 1. Press Windows + R keys and type diskmgmt.msc in the Run box.

Step 2. Disk Management is now open. Right-click the external hard drive in question and click Format.

Step 3. Follow the format wizard and complete the procedure.

Step 4. Restart your computer and check if the issue persists.

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