It’s harder to destroy data on a hard drive than you might think

This piece about recovering a disk from the Columbia shuttle crash is sad, impressive, heartwarming and a little bit dull at the same time.

Blocks and Files

The Kroll people managed to recover 90 percent or so of the 400MB of data from the drive with its cracked and burned casing. Now, a few years on, Berg and his team have analysed the data and reported the experiment and its results in the April edition of the Physical Review E journal.


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