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Well as I've seen a few people asking about disposing of HDD's recently

By HAL 9000 Moderator ·
I thought that this item that arrived from On Track in my In Box tonight would be interesting.

Apparently On Track was given a Drive from Colombia and they managed to recover 99% of the Data on the drive. No mean feat when you consider just what that drive was exposed to and it had gone through more than what most companies do to protect themselves from Data Theft.

Full Article is listed here


and in a supporting link is the write up of the Experiment that the recovered Data Pertained to.

What made the job easier was the fact that this drive was running DOS so the data wasn't scattered all over the drive so it was possible to recover from the undamaged part of the platters. Kind of makes one think when we see stories like this doesn't it?


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Thanks, Col. I'm really depressed, now...

by neilb@uk In reply to Well as I've seen a few p ...

"ancient operating system, DOS"

Neil :_|

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Yep Neil one that works as designed to

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Thanks, Col. I'm really d ...

Pity that the nameless one fails to work as well isn't it?


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I know the feeling!

by Forum Surfer In reply to Thanks, Col. I'm really d ...

I remember when it was "new" and I'm not very old at all.

Add to that an incident this weekend when my date asked me what some of my favorite movies were. No self respecting guy would omit "Tombstone" (the one with Kurt Russel) from that list...to which she replied in a bubbly young voice "Oh yeah, I haven't seen it but my Dad has that one and loves it, too." Wow, I realized that no matter how hard I rationalized that 24 wasn't THAT much younger than me and that maturity isn't dependent on age that I was so in a different generation bracket and I am apparently in some sort of twisted mid life crisis.

Check please...

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A picture of the drive in question as it was delivered for recovery

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Well as I've seen a few p ...
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Wow, it suffered from

by w2ktechman In reply to A picture of the drive in ...

re-entry AND a large drop.


I am now curious what The BALTHOR's take on it would be (I had a few thoughts)....

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Scary aren't you? <NT>

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Wow, it suffered from
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you mean

by jdclyde In reply to Wow, it suffered from

they were scattered and random?

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Nope, they made sense

by w2ktechman In reply to you mean

from a lot of nonesense. Random, no.. They linked just fine in my world (in the BC)(Before Coffee thoughts)...

However, in the AC (after coffee), I just cannot seem to make any sense of them.. Hmmmm...

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No worries!

by Guru Of D0S In reply to A picture of the drive in ...

Hmmm....I have some old Connor 40Mb drives that look like that...and they're still running!!

I just dug out a pile of old stuff that has been sat in a cardboard carton under a pile of old wood behind my garden shed - exposed to a British winter for six months and completely waterlogged. It's amazing what still works, although I was reluctant to power up the ATX power supplies until I left it to dry out for a couple of days! )

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Ah the memories

by JamesRL In reply to No worries!

I replaced quite a few Connors in my day because of stiction - heads sticking to platters. They used to be the standard drives in Compaq 286/386s.

I've still got an external 40MB SCSI drive that I used to use on Macs. Not worth anything anymore.


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