The Top-10 Worst Data Loss Disasters of 2010, Review


Continuing with the reports about this year 2010 that is about to leave us, Kroll Ontrack has announced its list of the top 10 data loss disasters of the year 2010:

1. Laptops are not waterproof: Relaxing on a beach, a man took his laptop with him on vacation to keep up with his emails. When the temperatures began to rise in the middle of the day, he decided to go swimming. Being a little worried about leaving his laptop unattended, he put it in a plastic bag so it wouldn't get wet and went for a bath. The bag was not as durable as I had hoped and the laptop got soaked and lost its data.

2. The ant did not survive: A flood in Germany caused a computer to be submerged in a river and in rainwater for more than two days. Water from the flood wasn't the only hard drive problem. When the hard drive arrived in the clean room, an ant was found hanging from the head of the hard drive.

3. Lawyer for Africa: A man quit his job and fulfilled his dream of traveling to Africa to photograph poverty. After spending several months taking photographs, he returned to Europe to develop and sell the photos, to draw attention to the need for humanitarian aid for Africa. A fire broke out in his apartment, but luckily firefighters managed to get hold of the iMac before it burned down.

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4. Portable shed: A woman left charging her Mac on the floor of her house for a few hours. When he returned, he discovered a liquid on the keyboard and a shy kitten playing in the corner.

5. Seat belt: A businesswoman, who was late for work, put her briefcase on the roof of her car, while she wedged her coffee into the cup holder and her son into his car seat. Eager to get off the ground, the woman fastened her seatbelt and hurried out of her garage, sending her briefcase, laptop inside, to the ground just in time for the car's front wheels to crush it.

6. In the air: A regular traveler was enjoying espresso while waiting for his flight. He put his laptop on the floor of the bar and left it behind. Airport police were alerted to the unexpected briefcase and, while the traveler was on his plane, the laptop was exploded to ensure it was not a security threat.

7. Among professionals: A hard drive arrived at the lab from a butcher shop, shipped from Styrofoam, with scraps of cured ham. After carefully degreasing the case, the hard drive was sent to the cleanroom with probable mechanical damage.

8. Keeping the memory of a family alive: A woman visiting her father to help with his medical treatment was the victim of a thief, who entered the room where the visitor had her belongings and stole the laptop that once belonged to the woman's father. Unfortunately, this woman had recently lost her daughter to cancer. Word of the theft spread immediately, leading to a swift arrest and recovery of the stolen laptop. However, the hard drive was erased.

9. Double data recovery: A customer requested the restoration of multiple archive tapes. The Kroll Ontrack Tape Services team performed the restoration and delivered 6 external HDDs. The customer's company tried to back up to six other HDDs and stored these HDDs in a fire-protected location. They started using the data they needed from the backups of the HDDs, but unfortunately, someone overwritten some of the data. No need to worry, they thought. "We should just use the backup HDDs." However, when those HDDs were plugged in, they found that instead of copying the data, what they had actually done was move it, and there was nothing on the HHDs. Fortunately, Kroll Ontrack still had the original tapes and was able to retrieve all the data a second time.

10. Square peg in a round hole: When the laptop's battery ran out, the user reached behind his desk, grabbed what he thought was the laptop's charger cable, and plugged it in. Unfortunately, it was the cable from another device and it burned his laptop.


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