OT: What to do if your computer is flooded--keep for future ref

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Thursday September 23, 1999 04:51 PM

Thousands of computers, monitors and keyboards have been destroyed by Floyd-related flooding.

It is best to let professionals remove your hard drive for you.

Data recovery companies often advertise online.

Know When Your Computer Should Go to Technology Heaven Recover Hard Drive Data From Your Drowning Computer

RALEIGH (WRAL) -- Flood waters damaged or destroyed a lot of computers. Most computers, monitors and printers will have to be replaced. But what about the data, all those important files stored on the hard drive?

It is always best, when a disaster threatens, to remove the equipment to a safe place, and copy important files to be stored away from the storm area.

But once the storm strikes, nothing could be worse for electronic equipment than being submerged in muddy water.

Computers submerged in the grime are probably a total loss. But information stored on the hard drive may be so valuable that a recovery effort might be undertaken, particularly for businesses.

One local company was faced with the task of retrieving data for the city of Greenville from about 1,000 different computers.

For an individual trying to recover information, the first thing to do is make sure the computer is unplugged. Do not turn on the computer if you want to save the data. Water and mud can cause circuits to blow out, destroying data permanently.

Hard drives must be removed from inside the computer as quickly as possible. Important parts are sealed, but even those seals could leak. And if water gets in the hard drive, it damages the platters which store your data.

Do not try to open the hard drive or dry it out. Put it into a plastic bag with a wet rag on top.

The hard drive can then be sent to a recovery company which might be able to retrieve the information, a $1,000+ undertaking. But time is critical.

Data recovery companies advertise online, and some offer diagnostic programs.

-- Old Git (anon@spamproblems.com), September 24, 1999


"One local company was faced with the task of retrieving data for the city of Greenville from about 1,000 different computers."

Save yourself big $$$ and your hair by backing up your data daily, especially when hurricanes are forecasted (duh) and store it in disaster proof area (duh).

And don't do Windoze like me or you'll lose your data anyway, because some moron techs will make you reformat. Buy Macs.

-- Chris (#$%^&@pond.com), September 24, 1999.

Here's a simple reminder:

If you have a computer tower on the floor and are alerted to flood warnings, then place your tower higher on a desk or shelf to avoid unwanted aqueous saturation.

I know this sounds too simple, but you would be surprised at how many DGI people lack common sense when the water table rises.

-- Randolph (dinosaur@williams-net.com), September 24, 1999.

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