Is putting a RAM in the freezer for an hour hearsay or what? ******** or what?

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  1. Fishtalk, Nov 10, 2010
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    Fishtalk macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2008
    My pismo just died and I think its a Ram problem...I "heard" that putting a dodgy RAM in the freezer " might" just give me enough time to copy a few important files before it crashes again..... For the moment it stays up for about 4 minutes.
    Is this just hearsay or could it work? thanks
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
  3. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    It's likely that it might just cause water condensation and hose your system for good.
  4. edddeduck macrumors 68020


    Mar 26, 2004
    I am pretty sure that the freezer will not fix bad RAM. It does however work (or at least a chance of working) for Hard drives (not SSD ones the regular kind).

    Check out this article: Freeze your hard drive to recover data

  5. Tonsko, Nov 10, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2010

    Tonsko macrumors 6502


    Aug 19, 2010
    Take the back off the machine and place some ice chips on top of the RAM. It will cool it just long enough to get the data you require.

    On a more serious note, a bunch of security researchers discovered that they can extract data (i.e. encryption keys) from RAM after the computer has been turned off. They used a can of air to chill the chips to reduce the charge decay in RAM, and could then extract full or partial encryption keys. All that is incidental for you, but you could try running it and using a can of compressed air on the RAM to make sure it stays up for the minutes that you require to grab data. If it doesn't work, it's a minimal investment.
  6. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Moisture + circuit boards do not mix. Your attempt at a fix would be likely to hose your logic board. $$$$$$$

    A freezer is a decent temporary fix for HD problems in extremis, but my recommendation in your case would be simply to pull the hard drive and read it from another machine.

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