Don't be doomed to repeat history, especially these hilarious and unfortunate incidents--WHAT were they thinking???--about how people ruined their hard drives. Listen to the NPR story that originally ran on The Morning Edition back on November 20, 2006, and check out all 10 on Ontrack.com's website.
Highlights include a man who left a banana on top of his external hard drive, and proceeded seeped into the drive as it decomposed...
..a global telecom employee dropped his laptop from a helicopter...and another customer who found out after he returned from his snorkeling trip to Barbados that his waterproof camera wasn't so waterproof. Ontrack says that they were able to retrieve the data in all of these cases.
This is a gentle reminder to backup, backup, and backup all your information!
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