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Re: Putting a laptop in the freezer

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05-24-2014 15:36:42

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Back up your hard drive now. Or, to be specific get any data off it you can't afford to lose.

The hard drive may or may not be getting ready to go. All current production hard drives have built-in SMART monitoring that constantly reports the hard drive's error rate. Naturally, Windows blithely ignores this information as your drive self-destructs. But you can use third-party software, such as smartmontools, to read the SMART info to see if your drive is on its last legs.

Freezing the laptop may or may not have helped. But you can be confident the problem will return.

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05-24-2014 20:49:34

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 Re: Putting a laptop in the freezer in reply to MarkB_MI, 05-24-2014 15:36:42  
Mark, thanks for your post I am going to use it in the morning. Also, enjoy reading your informative posts. Cas

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 Re: Putting a laptop in the freezer in reply to CAS, 05-24-2014 20:49:34  
Thank you, Cas.

I should mention that although there's a Windows version of smartmontools, I don't think its very easy to use, due to its Linux origins. I only suggested it because I'm hesitant to recommend something I haven't used myself, and I have used smartmontools on Linux. There are other Windows-specific tools which you can find by googling "windows smart disk monitor". (If I wanted to check out the hard disk on a Windows PC myself, I would do it using a Linux "live" (bootable) CD, since that will work even if the PC can't be booted from its hard disk.)

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