"put it in the freezer long enough to get the drive down around 40 - 50 deg. (and I'm talking the drive itself, not the external case / enclosure). Pull it out of the freezer, plug it in, and if it mounts then start copying as fast as you…"
BTW, nice RCA mic in your pic- is that one of the old vintage ribbon mics and if so, have you ever used it on strings? My favorite string quartet recordings were engineered by Richard Gardner, an RCA engineer who started back in the 30's. I suspect he used two of those set up in xy position to get that sound but i can't find any interviews or pictures.
Hey Todd- Remember backing up Ronnie Brookshire on my "Night at the Museum" album in the 90's? You were great to work with and I'm glad to see you've had such a successful career. I've been enjoying your comments so I thought I'd say hi.
Todd! What the heck are you up to? I'm fishing when I can - not often enough. I get out west a few times a year and have some great spots. I'm still playing all the time - good things have been happening. How 'bout you? How's the family?