Disk drive and data recovered from the shuttle Columbia

99% of data recovered from a drive in the tragic crash 

It’s amazing and somehow very sad that engineers were able to recover the data from a Seagate disk drive found in the wreckage of the shuttle Columbia. 

When things get tough at work, a colleague of mine is fond of saying “they’re just disk drives.”  This kind of brings that home.

More on the story from Engadget.

Update: more on this story from Blocks and Files.  Dave Reinsel at IDC has written a detailed report as well, accessible to subscribers for a fee.  Intriguing perspectives about the persistence of data in disk drives for good and ill. 

 

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One response to “Disk drive and data recovered from the shuttle Columbia

  1. So if the data from a hard drive can be recovered after hard drive is in an exploding space shuttle and dropped to the earth well beyond the speed of sound, how safe is it really to “wipe” a drive with the Department of Defense protocol – you know overwritten 3 times, random patterns, etc.

    Not very safe it would seem.

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