02/19/09 157 W - + 11 - 15 Dead Drive in Freezer and Other Low-Tech Tips

Yesteday's New York Times featured a nifty article on low-tech fixes for high-tech problems. Cellphone losing charge. Remote car key range expanding, which I'd heard about on Car Talk. Dry ink cartridge. Cellphone in the toilet (accidentally). Longer wi-fi reach. Dirty DVD or CD discs, surface not content. Too much flash for cellphone cameras. And the best of the tips, putting a crashed hard drive1 in the freezer overnight. After it returns to room temperature, the contracting-then-expanding innards may help free bound parts, and let the drive work just long enough to recovery what you needed. Neat-o. Google for additional information.

1All hard drives eventually fail. Are you prepared? Got back-ups? Here at Blog Central, our PC content is spread across across six hard drives. Some serve as back-up. One off-site copy of everything is made maybe once or twice a year. In case the house the burns down.

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