When good drives go bad, it breaks your heart, doesn’t it? Especially since few of us back up as methodically or religiously as we tell our children and coworkers to do. There is a growing repository of tech tricks and folk hacks for breathing life into a seemingly dead drive, from doing a platter transplant to giving your drive a few meaningful whacks with your hand. But freezing the ol’ 1s and 0s? That was a new one on me.
Apparently, if your drive is not spinning up, you can try putting it in a zip-loc bag, freeze it overnight, and then, reconnect it and try it again. The trick has been posted to Tech Republic and numerous techies have chimed in to verify that it does work, in more than a few cases. Cool (literally).