I’m sure you are aware of those cryogenic experiments were people have themselves frozen after death in the hope that at some point in the future technology will evolve to the degree that they can be thawed out and made whole and healthy. This was my thinking when I put my laptop computer with a crashed hard drive into my bedroom closet. I had a great deal of personal records on that computer’s hard drive and knew of no way to rescue them safely. Hence I put the entire computer in the closet and there it stayed for several years. What I was unaware of is that programs designed for crashed hard drive recovery in exactly this type of circumstance could have helped me at any time.
While I did know that reinstalling my Windows operating system would return the PC to original condition I also knew that original condition meant that all of my stored files would be deleted. Fortunately programs for disk recovery are able to undelete those files after reformatting due to reinstallation of the Windows operating system.