Crashed hard drive without a backup? Check out this lifehack that will get your data back

Have you ever experienced your hard drive crashing? Then you probably know how much it can cost to try and get the information you forgot to back up off that drive.

I know that companies can charge hundreds to even thousands of  dollars to get your data off of a broken hard drive. If this situation ever happens to you, I found an amazing no cost solution.

I heard from some tech guys that freezing the broken hard drive might actually work. I also read an article on one my favorite websites  about this same piece of advice, although no one seems to know why this may work. I decided to give it a try.

First, you need to remove the broken hard drive from your computer. Read your user’s manual or call a technician to help with removal if you don’t know how. Then take the drive and put it in the freezer in an anti-static bag overnight.

Then take it out of the freezer and hook it up to your computer, of course make sure your computer is not on while reconnecting the crashed hard drive. Once it is properly connected, turn on your computer.

Now it is best to reconnect the broken hard drive to a computer that has its own hard drive and it boots up to your operating system independent of the broken drive. The reasoning behind this is the data on the broken hard drive may just be data and the operating system may not be bootable and, therefore, it will not allow you to see the data on the broken drive and copy it to another drive.

This little how-to sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. But my guess is that if your hard drive broke because of a physical problem, it is more likely this will work because it seems that by freezing the drive, it freezes the broken component.

But again this may or may not work but it most certainly is worth a try. Also if it does work for you once the drive heats up, it may stop working. No worries — just stick it back in the freezer for about 20 minutes or so and repeat the process until you get what you need.

I know for a fact this how-to does work because my hard drive crashed and I tried it and I was able to copy all of the files I needed.

But one more piece of advice: to avoid this from ever happening to you, get an external hard drive and back up all of the important things you need, like pictures that you can never replace and important documents or databases.

Also, make sure the hard drive is not wet and everything is turned off on the computer when removing and re-installing the broken hard drive.

Make your own homemade wipes with the things you already have at home and save money


  • ¾ cup filtered water
  • ¾ cup white distilled vinegar 
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil 
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops bergamot essential oil


Combine your liquid ingredients in the mason jar. Put the lid on and shake up the jar to stir the mixture up. Then  open the jar and add the cut cloths to jar and press them down to soak up the liquid. Put the lid back on and tip jar upside down if needed to further moisten wipes.

When done using the wipes stick them in the washer and put them back in the jar to reuse. When the liquid is gone just remake it and start all over again. No wasting and you are using no chemicals. I call that a win win!

Make Cauliflower fried rice that is cheap and simple to make

  • 1 medium-sized head of cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 large carrot, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup frozen edamame
  • 2 beaten eggs (use scrambled tofu for vegan)
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce (use tamari for GF)
  • 6 green onions, minced
    1. PREP CAULIFLOWER: Shred cauliflower using the largest side of a grater OR by just pulsing some rough cut pieces in a food processor; the end product should resemble smallish grains of rice.
    2. STIR FRY: Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a large skillet over medium low heat. Add the carrots and garlic and stir fry until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the cauliflower, edamame, and remaining sesame oil to the pan; stir fry quickly to cook the cauliflower to a soft (but not mushy) texture.
    3. Make a well in the middle, turn the heat down, and add the eggs. Stir gently and continuously until the eggs are fully cooked. Stir in the soy sauce and green onions just before serving.

Get disounted or free pet services at low cost pet clinics in the Valley

Having a cat or dog can be expensive especially when it comes to vaccines or getting your pets spayed or neutered. There are a lot of low-cost clinics in the Valley that offers these services for a discount and often for free.

One place in town is called Altered Tails. They have 3 Valley locations. They offer spay/neutering services to dogs and cats at competitive prices similar to other low-cost clinic.

Currently during the month of October if you have a black cat you can get him or her spayed or neutered for free at Altered Tail. Just call them to make an appointment.

To get a male dog neutered up to 50 pounds it will cost you $65 females $75. From 51 to 100 pounds those male dogs will cost you $85 and females $95. Cats male $35 and females a little more at $50.

When it comes to vaccines they offer rabbis shots for $15 plus other vaccinations for around $15 each. They offer nail trimming services for just $5. Plus a lot more for a reasonable price, just go to their website at for all the details.

Altered Tails is not the only low- cost clinic in the Valley there may other programs that offer free or discounted services. I found a website that lists a lot of the low-cost clinic in the Valley.

Don’t forget Maricopa County Animal Control and Care SNAP program. To find participating zip codes for free services head to