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In the event of a computer failure, you might be able to use the freezer to revive a hard drive long enough to retrieve important files. Carefully remove the drive from your PC, seal it in a zip-lock bag, and place it in the freezer for 24 hours. The change in temperature can help by causing the metal parts to slightly contract, allowing you temporary access to the drive. One note of caution: If your files are truly irreplaceable—business records or treasured family photos, for instance—you may be better off sending your drive to a professional data recovery company.
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