Ontrack Data Recovery Announces 2006 Top Ten List of
Data Loss Disasters
Ontrack Data Recovery™, the largest, most experienced and most
technologically advanced provider of data recovery products and services in the
world, has unveiled its annual Top Ten list of remarkable data loss disasters in
2006. Taken from a global poll of Ontrack data recovery experts, this year’s
list of data disasters is even more incredible when you consider that in every
case cited, Ontrack successfully recovered the data.
“This list demonstrates that data loss can happen in a number of different
ways, whether the cause is a simple accident or the result of extreme user
error,” said Jim Reinert, senior director of Software and Services for Ontrack
Data Recovery. “No matter how catastrophic the situation may seem, it pays to
have your hard drive or storage device evaluated by a professional service like
Ontrack because chances are good that we’ll be successful in recovering critical
data regardless of how it was lost in the first place.”
The Ontrack 2006 Top Ten List of Data Disasters and Remarkable
10. Helicopter Hi-jinks – Employees of a global telecommunications company
dropped a laptop computer while working from a helicopter in Monaco. Ontrack
successfully retrieved vital files on the laptop and sent them through an FTP
server for a meeting in Hong Kong the very next day.
9. Wash the Data Away – On a flight from London to Warsaw, a
passenger packed his laptop and toiletries in the same bag. Unfortunately, his
shampoo leaked and flooded everything in the bag, including the laptop, causing
the hard drive to fail. In order to recover all of the data, Ontrack engineers
had to do some washing of their own – cleaning the hard drive and other
components in order to get the drive functioning.
8. Not a Jolly Occasion – British comedian Dom Joly,
presenter and co-creator of Trigger Happy TV, dropped his laptop, damaging a
hard drive that held five thousand photos, six thousand songs, half a book he
was writing and all of his old newspaper columns. Having read the tragic story
in a newspaper column written by Mr. Joly, Ontrack contacted him and was able to
7. Rescuing the Research – A leading UK research university
suffered a catastrophic data loss after a fire broke out in the computer science
department on a weekend morning, damaging computer equipment with smoke and
water from the fire department’s efforts. Ontrack was called onsite to rescue
thirty computers and recovered more than a terabyte of data.
6. Beware of Bananas – A customer left an old banana on the
top of his external hard drive which proceeded to seep its contents into the
drive, ruining the circuitry. The drive would no longer run, but Ontrack was
able to clean the drive and repair the circuit board so the drive would spin
long enough to recover his data. The banana, however, could not be recovered.
5. Hard Drive Speed Bump – It happens every year, but people
continue to leave computers and hard drives in the path of moving vehicles. This
year alone, Ontrack recovered from a laptop that was run over by a “people
mover” at the airport, and several external hard drives stuffed in a backpack
that was backed over by a truck.
4. Tenth Time’s the Charm – A man reformatted his hard drive
not once, not twice, but ten times before he realized there was some valuable
information he needed recovered. Luckily for him, it only took Ontrack one try
to recover the information.
3. Finding Nemo – A customer returned from the vacation of a
lifetime in Barbados to discover that he couldn’t access any of the snorkeling
photos he took on his new “waterproof” digital camera. It seems the camera
wasn’t as waterproof as advertised, so Ontrack had to rescue all of his prized
tropical fish photos.
2. Squeaky Drive Gets the Grease – A university professor
heard a squeaking noise from the drive of his new desktop computer. To solve the
annoying problem, he opened the case and sprayed the inside of the drive
with WD-40. Although successful in stopping the drive from squeaking, his
actions also prevented the drive from booting up. Ontrack got the drive working
again and recovered his data.
And finally, the number one most remarkable data disaster of 2006…
1. Sock it to Me – Although the circumstances of the
original data loss were unremarkable, the problem was intensified when the
customer shipped his drive to Ontrack in a pair of dirty socks. The old socks
didn’t provide the necessary protection during shipping and the resulting damage
made the recovery more challenging than normal. Next time, he’ll stick with
bubble wrap, but in the meantime, Ontrack successfully recovered his data too.
“Data can be recovered from computers, servers and even memory cards used in
digital devices by either working on the computers or media/storage devices in
our labs and cleanrooms, or by using our patented Remote Data Recovery™
technology,” added Reinert. “However, individuals and companies can avoid the
hassle and stress this can cause by backing up data on a regular basis and
establishing a relationship with a professional data recovery company before
For further information about data recovery, please call Ontrack at
1-800-872-2599 or visit the Web site at www.ontrack.com.
About Ontrack Data Recovery
Ontrack Data Recovery (www.ontrack.com)
is the largest, most experienced and technologically advanced provider of data
recovery products and services worldwide. Ontrack is able to recover lost or
corrupted data from virtually all operating systems and types of storage devices
through its do-it-yourself, remote and in-lab capabilities, using its hundreds
of proprietary tools and techniques. Ontrack Data Recovery is a brand name of
Kroll Ontrack Inc., a technology services subsidiary of Kroll Inc., the global
risk consulting company.