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Modding The great frozen hard drive test! - Results!!! Update teh 3!

Discussion in 'Modding' started by Malvolio, 6 Dec 2005.

  1. Malvolio

    Malvolio .

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    Well, I got the idea for this from the thread located this way... So I figured, what the hell? I've got more than enough kit laying about to have some fun with! Here it goes, freezing a hard drive and seeing what happens to the operation of the drive!


    Alright, here is my plan: I'm going to take a normal hard drive, install a copy of windows (98se if you're wondering), install HDtach, run a benchmark, record my results, unhook the drive, put it into some water, freeze it, hook it back up, and run the benchmark again to see if there is any change in the results.

    Here are the setup pictures allong with descriptions:

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    The dish.

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    The baggie.

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    Testing the baggie in the dish with water. This baggy was defective, so I've used another one. More on this later.

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    The freezer.

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    The hard drive. This is a 4500 RPM 1gig toshiba laptop hard drive. Windows was installed fresh just for this experament.

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    In the water.

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    Another view.



    Alright, so the test results are as follows:

    Random Access Time: 22.2ms
    Read Burst Speed: 5.1MB/s
    Read speed: Max: 3.7MB/s Min: 1.6MB/s Average: 2.7MB/s
    CPU usage: 41.7%

    Screen shot located here.


    Hopefully my next post will be with the results ;)
     
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  2. Blackcrown

    Blackcrown New Member

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    Hmm, i'm very eager now :p

    Lot's of succes!
     
  3. hitman012

    hitman012 Active Member

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    How much spare time do you have!?

    Looking forward to the results though :D
     
  4. Malvolio

    Malvolio .

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    You honestly don't want to know :worried:
     
  5. Deathrow

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    Haha, I was thinking of doing somthing like this for that thread in general where they froze a CRT. I never considered benchmarking though. Ill be intrested to see what results come up.
     
  6. Zach

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    i got a bust up 40gb hd here, it works but has bad sectors :D what can i do with it? maybe boil it and see wht effects that has....
     
  7. speedfreek

    speedfreek New Member

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    I wouldnt be suprised if the hdd got crushed by the ice. Im interested in seeing what happens though.
     
  8. Malvolio

    Malvolio .

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    I had thought and worried about this too, thats why I never sealed up the container, and left plenty of room for expansion. Hopefuly the ice will expand up, and not towards the drive! So far everything looks to be OK, the ice has moved up a bit, but not as much as i had expected. It should be forzen by morning, so I'll be sure to see what happens right after I get up!
     
  9. Kobalt

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    I'm with you on that, maybe not crushed but squeezed enough not to work :hehe:
     
  10. Malvolio

    Malvolio .

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    And here we are, the cold hard results! (excuse the punnage)

    So, I opened up my freezer bright and early this morning at 5:30am (yeah, I wake up early, I know I know), and saw that it was completely frozen. "Woot" I thought, so I quickly grabbed it out, ripped it open, and hooked it up. Below are the pictures...


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    Side.

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    Bottom.

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    Top.

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    And the front. You'll notice I've already cut away the baggie to get access to the connector.

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    Connected.

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    And that answers it right there folks.


    Hard drive frozen != working.


    Hope you enjoyed this! Any ideas for something else I could try this with? :D



    [EDIT]I just tried it again (meh, bored, and I walked past it), and it seems that the hard drive has turned into a mouse :eyebrow: Now you can hear the platter spin up, then it stops and you'll hear a faint "beep beep beep" coming from the hard drive. It's... uhh... interesting...[/EDIT]
     
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  11. CarlT2001

    CarlT2001 New Member

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    Detecting IDE Primary Master ... None

    Err.....

    I reckon you may need to set the jumper on the hdd - thats probably why its not working...
     
  12. Malvolio

    Malvolio .

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    Umm, no... Nothing has changed (other than the ice) from when it was working before. The BIOS doesn't see the drive at all, meaning: damage. If it was something as silly as a jumper I would've already fixed it :p Most laptop hard drives don't require jumpers ;)
     
  13. Malvolio

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    Alright, another update! Time when I began this was at 7:30.

    Well, I think I found out why it wasn't working: the bag leaked :duh: Oh well, this will allow me to test out another myth: drying out components after they've been soaked in water. So, pictures:

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    So after breaking it out of the ice and hooking it up, that is what the BIOS see's the hard drive as :D New type of drive! Woot!

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    Broken ice. If you're wondering, I used my nice big lock-blade to get it out.

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    And here we can see the problem. Notice the pool of water? Yeah...

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    So, into the oven! And no, that is not my normal frying pan :rolleyes:

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    Add one frozen hard drive, bake in pan for 1 hour at 200 degrees, serve, and enjoy!


    More later ;)
     
  14. Kobalt

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    hope it works again :hehe:
     
  15. Malvolio

    Malvolio .

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    Well, good news and bad news... No, wait, I lie, no good news :D The drive is dead! And as proof, here is a short video of it:

    http://media.putfile.com/DSCF0182
    Yes, I know it's dark, stop complaining!
     
  16. The_Maker

    The_Maker New Member

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    Hmmmm, I sure hope you didn't have XP on that hard drive :p

    Well, I think the Mythbusters would be proud.
     
  17. s29feb

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    LMAO this is some funny poop!
     

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