Freezing your your hard drive as a Data Recovery solution? : A Parody of the technique
If you guys have been reading [Geeks Are Sexy] for a while, you'll probably remember the little hard disk recovery experiment that I did back in January. I froze a defective HD to try and get back some data out of it, and had moderate success with the attempt. Only do this as a last resort, this isn't something that should be done when other options are available to you.
"A cheaper and quieter solution solution would be to completely immerse the hard drive in water. Sometimes, however, a hard drive can run so hot that it will quickly evaporate the water. In these situations, we recommend freezing the hard drive in a block of ice."