Yup, the freezer thing work for me a bunch of times. You can prolong the time you get out of the drive by getting a can of cooler (don't know what it's called nowdays, but it used to be a spray can of freon - but freon is bad for the ozone, so there is something different). After you take the drive out of the freezer and start it, get your backup/transfer going. Then you can hit it with the cooler ever so often to keep the temperature down. It just gives you a little longer to backup the drive.