July 20

Throwback to this fire-damaged server spotted in the lab. Disasters don’t have to mean data loss but fires definitely make recovery much more difficult.

Technology that suffers the wrath of a catastrophic event like a fire is not a pretty sight. There isn’t much of anything left in this server housing.

Top-down view of an open computer case, completely burned and fire-charred. Internal components like CPU fan, wires and drive bay skeleton are black and brown and slightly melted.Spotted In The Lab: An opened server case shows the extensive damage a fire has incurred on the system from the charred skeleton of the drive bay to the melted and burnt CPU fan, electrical components and wires.

Tech devices are very susceptible to heat. Beyond external surfaces being burned and melted the layers of internal components, the hardware that is key to making data storage facilities work, is threatened by memory chips and circuits being damaged. Not always but often when recovery chances are higher in these extreme disaster cases it is because some of these components have escaped unscathed and reconstruction and rebuilding can take place to help the effort.

Zoom of fire-damaged PC case and an extracted component - a charred black clump of plastic and metal, twisted and fused together into a charcoal-like appearance. An unidentifiable mess that we think might have been an SSD.Closer Look: Out of the charred husk of the fire-ravaged server case, we look for some of the data storage components. But they are almost unidentifiable. A black clump of melted and burnt plastic and metal, twisted and fused together into a charcoal-like appearance, we think this might have been an SSD.

Sometimes the effects of disaster are too much for recovery. However, having a lab expert take a look is always worth it for any chance of helping put people’s lives and businesses back together.

 

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