This one could prove very useful and literally save you hundreds of pounds in data recovery costs. It’s worked twice for me in the past twelve months.
Both clients had disk failures without a data backup.
Placing the failed disk into a usb caddy was unsuccessful as the drive was not ‘seen’ by Windows so no data could be retrieved.
The answer to both was my trusty fridge! Yes, I do mean the fridge.
By placing the drives in the fridge for a few hours both were readable via a USB caddy and allowed access long enough to back up the data from the failing drive.
Note that you need to move quickly as usually the drive will fail again when it is up to temperature.
Reading other blogs there are a few that suggest that this is a myth. Believe me it does work in the right circumstances. Theories as to why seem to vary, but I’m guessing that the contraction through the chilling effect allow an internal ‘break’ to make a circuit and hence the drive will work for a short period until it ‘expands’ again.
The picture shown is a little ‘tongue in cheek’ – I’d recommend putting the drive in a plastic bag and placing either in the fridge, or freezer, for a few hours. To be honest I have not tried the freezer myself, I have found the fridge takes the temperature low enough to work.