September 8

Every once in a while we catch our work being captured and ‘interpreted’ in the fictional world of tv and movies. One instance we noted recently is in AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. Set in the early 1980s PC revolution, the chance of seeing some hard drive-related data drama was high.

Tech-related endeavours shown in tv shows and films are often exaggerated: from fictional user interfaces (FUI) to magically advanced hardware and yes, data recovery. We were just hoping for some trend-bucking attention to detail and accuracy on the part of the show writers. They didn’t do too bad, highlighting some key details like platters, read/write heads, spindle motors and even FAT tables. But it still looks easier than it really is.

Data recovery scene in AMC's Halt and Catch Fire tv show -- good but not quite...

Obviously we’re willing to allow plenty of discretion for the entertainment arts and need for ‘suspension of disbelief’ but time and time again we see a number of data recovery fallacies spread around in media and beyond. The ease of hard drive platter removal and swapping is one portrayal that has become a data recovery myth. You can see our fun video about dispelling that particular myth here.

In the meantime, we’ll enjoy Halt and Catch Fire – but if you have a data loss problem, give us a call and we’ll be happy to do some myth busting while recovering your data.

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