OT: frozen hard disk

Nigel Ridley nigel at rmk.co.il
Mon Oct 15 20:11:03 BST 2007

This is really OT but it might help somebody:
My daughter's old laptop running Feisty Fawn suddenly stopped working - 
it 'froze' and so she did a 'reset'. After the bios messages up comes a 
"cannot find an operating system' (or something similar). I tried when I 
came home from work - same thing. Stuck a Knoppix CD in and everything 
loaded OK but no hard disk icons on the desktop - not good!

Took the hard disk out of the laptop and put it in the freezer 
overnight. Took it out in the morning to warm up and get rid of any 
condensation - put it back in the laptop after work and fired it up. 
Everything ran as it should and I quickly copied all her files over to 
my box via nfs and burnt them to a CD.

So just in case anybody else has a 'stuck' hard disk - stick it in the 
freezer overnight - it works (YMMV).

Remember that Beatles song 'Yesterday' - here's a version to remind us 
all about the necessity of making regular backups:
(I've used a tinyurl as the original is toooo long).



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