Ever Paid for Commercial Data Recovery?

CNET News takes a behind-the-scenes look at data recovery service Drive Savers, and the frantic customers who come to them with fried hard drives and lost data. We've posted at least one DIY solution for getting your data back from an unbootable drive, but desperate times call for desperate measures. How desperate have you gotten?

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    I've frozen a few hard drives that wouldn't start.

    A friend told me about the freezing method. If you can't get the drive to spin up, put it in a sealed plastic bag and then dump it in the freezer for a few hours.

    Once it's frozen hook it up and try booting. I've had very good success for a few friends who thought they'd lost data forever.

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