Ryu Connor wrote:The freezer trick for an HDD is a Hail Mary. It will further damage the drive. The condensation that forms on the platter forces the head to pass through water.
puppetworx wrote:There is a Schrodinger's cat scenario played out in that video, until he opened the drive there is no way of knowing if there is condensation forming inside of it or not and the act of opening it will expose the platters to humidity in the outside air.
nerdrage wrote:I would think it much more likely that a frozen drive would actually EXPEL air as it warms up, thus minimizing any condensation. Everything inside the drive (including the air) is at 0 degrees F when it's taken out of the freezer. As the drive housing warms up, the air inside the drive will gradually warm up as well, and as it does so it will expand and increase pressure inside the drive. In order to equalize pressure this expanding air will be released from the breather hole.
DPete27 wrote:You're ignoring the fact that the outside air will be warmer than inside the drive until equilibrium is met. If left on a bench without powering the hdd on (since the drive motor generates heat when running), the warm exterior air would be trying to get inside. Right?
nerdrage wrote:there would need to be something causing the pressure inside the drive to be lower than the pressure outside the drive.
nerdrage wrote:Can you explain why warmer exterior air would be "trying" to get inside?
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