"Ontrack Data Recovery receives more than 100,000 requests for data recovery service every year so we come across some pretty strange data disasters," said Jim Reinert, senior director of Software and Services for Ontrack Data Recovery.
Reinert recently released the "Ontrack 2005 Top Ten List of Data Disasters and Remarkable Recoveries." Here is the one item on the list that I can identify with:
While rearranging her home office, a woman accidentally dropped a five pound piece of clay pottery on her laptop, directly onto the hard drive area that contained a book she'd been working on for five years and 150 year-old genealogy pictures that had not yet been printed.
Ontrack actually recovered the data.
You can read about nine other amazing data recovery success stories at http://biz.yahoo.com/iw/051205/0102945.html
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