data recovery

  • Watch a hard drive enclosure set on fire, then driven over by a backhoe

    We told you about the IoSafe Solo before, but here’s the new SSD version. IoSafe invited us to a secret location off the strip to show us the new IoSafe Solo SSD, the first “disaster proof” SSD drive. Sorry for the length of the video, but they set the drive on fire, sprayed it with a fire hose, dropped it from 20 feet up out of a backhoe bucket, and then drove over it. And… Read More

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Data

    The Unbearable Lightness of Data

    You don’t back up your data, do you? It’s okay, you can fess up. Here, I’ll make you feel better: I rarely back up my data. Now you say it. There, doesn’t it feel better to get that off your chest? For most of us, it’s no big deal if we lose all our data. For some, though, it’s a really, really big deal. My buddy Jeff, an independent contract artist, lost a… Read More

  • The horrifying sounds of broken hard drives

    The horrifying sounds of broken hard drives

    What’s one of the scariest sounds you can hear come out of your computer? How about the telltale clicking of a broken hard drive? Once you hear that click-click-click you know it’s game over. Hope you backed up your data. Datacent, which is a data recovery company, has a collection of broken hard drive sounds that should put the fear of God in you. Note that the site has been… Read More

  • Selling your old iPhone could put you at risk for identity theft

    Selling your old iPhone could put you at risk for identity theft

    If you plan on tossing your old iPhone for the new 3G version next month, you may want to think twice before you do. Just like any other computer platform, you can pull data out of the memory using tools that are readily available. To most people this isn’t a big deal, but to the paranoid this is life or death. Since people use their iPhone for all kinds of computing, the information… Read More

  • Hard drive from space shuttle Columbia salvaged with data intact

    Hard drive from space shuttle Columbia salvaged with data intact


    This is insane. The hard drive crashed to earth with the rest of the wreckage, and at first they couldn’t even tell it was a drive at all. Data recovery expert Jon Edwards took a shot at it and due to a combination of technical skill and luck, he was able to recover the data on the drive, which was information on an experiment written up here. I say luck because whatever was writing to… Read More