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Windows 7: Computer will only start after putting in the freezer for 20 minutes.

05 Sep 2016   #11

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Holmes177 View Post
Yeah, have used the freezer technique for failing hard drives several times. BUT, it won't be long before the drive totally fails, and, of course, the hard drive in a laptop can be replaced. Save your docs & pics somewhere(thumb drive, cloud, ext hard drive) soon.

Backing up one's data ought to be the #1 priority.
I wouldn't flog the hard drive any further with scans and what-not until that has been done.
But I agree with @fireberd that a new hard drive is in your future, soon.

BTW, Dell does have some pre-boot (PSA) diagnostics -- that's usually accessed by tapping the F12 key during a cold start, once you see the Dell logo. There's a "short" and "long" test for the hard drive, as well as tests for the other components.


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05 Sep 2016   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Okay I just have to say that is sort of crazy to introduce moisture to a computer :)
Sounds like a good way to hose an entire computer rather than just replacing a failing hdd
May sound crazy, but it works - IN SOME CASES. However, I never let it in the freezer until it gets frost all over it, just cold soaked. Then, in most cases, I'm using an external hard drive adapter, just salvaging pics, docs, etc., before the poor thing dies completely.
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