Hard Drive Vacuum damaged in User to User Help Posted August 5, 2012 i see that i've started a controversy. here's the thing about the freezer trick: while hard drives can be repaired, the amount it costs is extremely prohibitive. your drive isn't working as is, so who gives a rats if some condensation forms on the platters? it's a last ditch effort that will occassionally work...if it doesn't work then you still have a non-working hard drive. i have no idea why it's even being argued. it's like arguing that we shouldn't use defibrillators on humans. yeah, if they're healthy it's not good, but they're dying, man.