No that's not a recipe for a frozen drink, let me explain, no that will take too long, let me sum up!
My SO has had many problems with her PC's lately, the most recent was when her hard drive started making loud clicking noises and then just refused to function.
After replacing the drive and reinstalling all her software, she was still without a lot of her data!
I tried plugging the drive in again, and hoping, but the bios didn't even see it.
So I stuck it in the freezer over night.
I'd heard that this worked, but never got a chance to test it out. In the morning the drive was so cold I almost couldn't hold it (she keeps her freezer Very Cold!), but I hooked it up and hoped.
Nothing, the drive isn't even spinning (no vibration). So I pulled out the all purpose tool (a rubber mallet) and rapped it on the drive several times.
Now when I boot up, the drive is recognised!
Windows wants to check disk the drive, no thanks, I know it's hosed and the longer it runs the more likely it is to die again ...
WOW, there's the data! Ok copy time, let's copy all that data to another drive ... 20 minutes later, ALL HER DATA IS RESTORED!!
Bask in the glow of my geekiness!
Now, anybody wanna buy a used drive? :)