A promotional film that IBM made in the 1950s looks at the creation of the first hard disk drive and is a retro video throwback to tech innovation and marketing of the time reminding us how far we’ve come and of artifacts from our own data recovery archives.
During Oscar and film industry awards season some of the year’s best works are highlighted but data loss threats behind-the-scenes can get in the way of a film’s journey to success. Here are two of our favorite movie-related data recovery wins.
Submitted for your approval, one enthusiastic amateur. Put on earth with a screwdriver, a broken drive, and wholly too much time on his hands. In a moment, we will be shown a miracle brought by magical DVD lasers. Although it’s a fact that he should have trusted the professionals, he will tempt fate by converting a 500GB hard drive to a 1GB Linux boot CD, in… The Recovery Zone.
We always love to see data recovery in TV and movies. Real problems, techno-babble, and magical solutions. One of our favorite shows is AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, chronicling the rise of early 80’s IBM-compatible development right up to the information superhighway of the 1990’s.
We’ve covered this show before; back in the first season one of the main characters has to call in his wife Donna (a better engineer than himself) to help with a burned hard drive, and she saves the data, and the day.
In the series finale episode we see Donna again tackling data recovery, this time for her desperate and distraught daughter.
If you have a computer that you are getting rid of you need to take special care of the data you have stored inside it. Whatever information you have saved on the hard drive inside: photos, documents, financial files, passwords, emails — personal information, does not simply go away if you hit delete or drop stuff in the Recycle Bin.
Ben Popken at NBC did a video showing some low-tech solutions to this problem. He trashes hard drives with everything from hammers and baseball bats, to submerging in water and burning with fire. Watch the video after the jump.
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.
Back in July during peak moments of the Edward Snowden leak scandal explosion around the world, the UK’s Guardian newspaper was embroiled in a battle with government about the information in the paper’s possession. Government officials and the GCHQ spy agency threatened injunctions against the paper. Finally staff decided they had to destroy all the computers to prevent their journalists being carted away and measures being taken against the paper.
See footage of the destruction after the jump
In a story stunning Toronto yesterday and spreading beyond Canada into news media around the globe, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair admitted that a video showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking what appears to be a crack pipe had been recovered. The video, never been seen by the public, has been the subject of a great deal of speculation since some photos from it were reported in the press earlier in the year. Mayor Ford received a torrent of allegations about its supposed contents and flatly denied it even existed. A bombshell of sorts yesterday when the Police Chief exclaimed that evidence seized in a series of police raids contained electronic devices and computer hard drives that after months of investigation contained the video in question. According to Blair, the footage is “consistent with what has been described in the media,” but he will not further describe what depictions are there. So how did the police department get the deleted data of the mysterious video files from the hard drives?
Natural disasters around the world like the recent earthquake in Haiti all have serious impacts on the communities they affect. At CBL we have stood by emergency personnel and offered our particular expertise in restoring mission-critical data to ravaged areas and we are ready to assist again.
With the official release of Microsoft Windows 7 the following question was inevitable: Can I run your data recovery software on Windows 7?
Video of the week goes to this brief investigative report FOX News in Los Angeles did on data recovery companies. The report covers customers’ experiences with some local data recovery firms and the questionable analysis of a crashed hard drive with data loss. It exposes potential risks to your privacy, data and pocketbook.
Watch the video after the jump