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What a cracking bit of Kit
on 12 November 2013
A couple of weeks ago catastrophe struck, my HDD failed, and you guessed it I'd not backed it up for a while.
I called in a PC company who said disk was dead and wouldn't spin. I could send it to a specialist recovery company and might get lucky but it would cost hundreds to get my files back , aaaah. Painful lesson learned!
I read on the Internet that putting a HDD into the freezer for a couple of hours may bring it back to life, but I'd need to attach it to another PC to read the contents. I'm normally the world's greatest sceptic with these type of things, but what the hell I'd got nothing to lose by giving it a go.
Having never seen the inside of a laptop before I did a bit more research on the internet and found this device. It was very low cost, so I thought it worth a try. The device arrived very quickly, and looked really easy to use, even I couldn't plug it in wrong.
So I placed the broken HDD into an anti-static bag and then into the freezer for 2hrs. I then placed the cold HDD into this device, and much to my amazement I could see the drive when plugged into another PC.
Unfortunately I couldn't read the individual files, but after another quick look on the HDD manufacturers site found a software tool called File Scavenger, which stated it would work. In fact the supplier lets you try it before you purchase, so you know you are not buying something which doesn't work.
So, having purchased both this cracking little device and the File Scavenger software for less than £50, I managed to recover all 30,000+ plus files, and lost nothing.
Before seeing this I hadn't got a clue how to go about this, and amazingly managed to dig myself out of the situation I'd got into by not making regular backups.
To say I was a happy man was a complete understatement,........and yes I am backing up my new HDD regularly now!