10 Data Disaster Recovery Miracles for 2012 From Kroll Ontrack
Lost in the Rinse Cycle
A woman placed her external hard drive in a dirty laundry basket and carried it downstairs. The family cat strategically placed itself on the laundry, which obscured the view of the drive from the woman's boyfriend, who shooed away the cat and quickly threw the clothes in the washing machine. On went the machine and away went the data.
Every December since 2004, Kroll Ontrack, an established provider of data recovery products and services, compiles a list of its Top 10 most unusual data disasters and subsequent recoveries. It's always an interesting read. Through its Ontrack Data Recovery products and services, Minneapolis-based Kroll Ontrack uses hundreds of proprietary tools and techniques to help businesses and consumers recover lost or corrupted data from all types of operating systems, devices and storage media. "Despite best efforts to prevent disasters, data loss still happens due to hardware failure, software corruption, computer viruses, natural disasters and, of course, human error," said Todd Johnson, vice president of operations, Kroll Ontrack, which has more than 200 engineers working on technology and techniques that anticipate and address customer needs. For some noteworthy data protection and disaster recovery tips, go here. To read about some of the more interesting and unique data-loss disasters take a look at this eWEEK slide show.