Can HDD go bad if left in car trunk too long

Samsung Spinpoint mp0402h 40gb hard driv...
December 1, 2011 at 14:27:57
Specs: Windows 7 Professional x64, Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 @ 4GB DDR2
Ok, so i fired up my external device after it sat in my car for months, and it was working so far as i know, up until last night. I can access only certain folders. the device was created using windows XP, so folder permissions are not the issue. There are permission for "Everyone" under Full Control. That means anyone has access. Anyhow, i can view certain files, but cannot copy anything. attempts to copy return 'Data Error: Cycle Redundancy Check'. Drive Properties reveal it has the NTFS Partition, but chkdsk complains its raw. this was not a problem when i had it on months before. do you think that despite sitting in a static-proof bag, that being in my car trunk could damage it? it was well cushioned even. i'm going to try spinrite since i have it, but i dont really know if that works.

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December 1, 2011 at 17:27:20
Yes, a drive is not a rock. it can easily be damaged. How would you feel if you were in the truck for 4 months?

Try testdisk or recurva maybe.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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December 1, 2011 at 19:02:07
Extreme hot, cold, wide temperature swings, periods of high humidity, and even the bouncing around within padding for that long will have taken it's toll on all components. The best you can hope for is to use a recovery program and save what ever you can and then replace the drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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