Fried Your Drive?

Or drowned it? Or shot it? One data-recovery firm has seen (and saved) it all. The price is dear, but counseling is included

Hard drives are the collective memories of our cleverest machines, the indispensable intellects of the information age. Yet Scott Gaidano, 58, president of DriveSavers, detests them. Most any data-storage device is, to his mind, a ridiculous piece of machinery. Ask him why, and he will pound his desk with frustration as he tells you how obscenely sensitive it is: a hunk of metal whirring around at 10,000 r.p.m. that dies if you drop it from 5 ft. The more we store on them--these days, everything from tax records to baby pictures--the more painful their death.

Gaidano's loathing for storage media stems...

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