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Top 10 data disasters

Dec 06, 20051 min
Data Center

We love reading about data disasters – provided we had nothing to do with causing or suffering from them.

Data recovery vendor Ontrack has released its annual list of the Top 10 Data Disasters it’s seen this year. Here are some goodies:

  • The new dad who accidentally deleted all pictures of his new baby.
  • The man who tried his hand at data recovery and quit halfway through. He sent Ontrack his completely disassembled drive – with each of its parts in a separate baggie.
  • The woman who accidentally dropped a five pound piece of clay pottery on her laptop, directly onto the hard drive area that contained a book she’d been working on for five years and 150 year-old genealogy pictures that had not yet been printed. (Ed. – What, did she drop it from 25 feet?)
  • The man who pulled an old laptop out of a warehouse where it had been sitting unused for 10 years. When engineers opened the computer, it contained hundreds of husks of dead and decaying cockroaches.