Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/09/02

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Subject: [Leica] OT: the horror
From: don.dory at (Don Dory)
Date: Sat Sep 2 16:37:58 2006
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At a major Fortune 25 company all hard drives disposed of have have huge
gauss magnetic flux passed over the hard drive.  Then it is cut into four
pieces so your can not read bits.


On 9/2/06, Philippe Orlent <> wrote:
> Just had my brother on the phone.
> He recently had a major hard disk crash (a 15 months old Dell
> computer), which made him loose all what was on it.
> Right, he was one of those many that do not back-up. He does now.
> But the interesting part follows below.
> After the different stages of trying to recover what was on it
> (important stuff for him, since about everything of and for his
> professional career (a gastro-enterologist) was on it: consumer
> recovery programs, the IT division of his hospital, a friend IT
> engineer, ...
> he finally sent the damaged disk to a professional data recovery
> company in Holland that could restore what was on it for about 80%.
> At the cost of a new computer, BTW.
> The strange thing was that his data returned, but that the restored
> data were more (11 Gig) that what he had on the disk at the time when
> it crashed (8 Gig). It took him a week to revise everything that was
> on it (since all file info was lost) and he told me that it was
> unbelievable wat they restored: EVERY thing he did on the computer
> since he bought it, was recorded: not only deleted files, but also
> web addresses, things he typed in on the web, search results, ...
> every key stroke was recorded.
> Morale: if you have something to hide, do not hide it on your computer.
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