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February 16, 2006

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Dropped Your Powerbook in a Volcano? No Problem

Anecdotes from the world of last-ditch data recovery:

SG: This is our most famous computer: it’s a laptop that was rescued from the bottom of the Amazon River. A cruise ship hit an underwater barge, and sank down to the bottom. And the woman, an amateur diver, several days later, against all international law, broke in with a Maglight flashlight. Went down two flights of stairs underwater. Green, dark water. Found her stateroom. Remembered to bring her key, and rescued her laptop, and got it to Drive Savers. And we recovered all the data for her.

DP: She must have had some REALLY important emails.

Remember, kids… back up your hard drive.

Posted February 16, 2006 at 3:39 | Comments (2) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Technosnark


This reminds me of the digital craziness people went through to rescue bits of Monsoon wedding. Analog film got physically ruined, but somehow they actually saved a whole scene and you can't realy tell the difference. And the insurance money bought Nair non-cheap rain.

I'd really want to know what's on that laptop though. . .

Ooh, there's totally a book (or something) there: Reconstructing information. Everything from lost scenes to damaged paintings to forgotten codes...

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