4 December 2007

Kroll Ontrack announces its annual top ten data loss disasters list

An ant infestation and parachute mishap lead the 2007 data disaster league

Minneapolis – Dec. 4, 2007 – Kroll Ontrack ®, the leading provider of data recovery products and services , today announced its annual top ten list of data disasters from 2007. Resulting from a global Kroll Ontrack expert poll, this year’s list of data disasters is even more incredible when you consider that in every case cited, the company successfully recovered the data.

Kroll Ontrack 2007 Top Ten List of Data Disasters and Remarkable Recoveries

10. All washed up – This year, a woman called the engineers at Kroll Ontrack complaining she had “washed all her data away.” Her USB stick had been through a cycle in her washing machine and unsurprisingly she couldn’t retrieve any data from it.

9. Doting DadRushing home from work to feed his baby daughter, an over-enthusiastic father forgot about the USB stick in his top pocket. As he lent over the high-chair, the device fell in a dish of sticky apple puree.

8. Taking the bait – A fisherman thought that he would take his laptop out on his rowing boat to play a few games while waiting for a bite. As he stood up, both he and the laptop went overboard, taking all his data to the bottom of the lake.

7. Panicked photographer – A wedding photographer faced the potential wrath of a new bride when he discovered he had overwritten her photos with those from another event. Two days before the couple returned from their honeymoon, he called Kroll Ontrack for help. The bride was none the wiser.

6. Acid trip – A scientist spilled acid on an external hard drive during an experiment. Thinking all the data had been burned, he called in the experts who were able to successfully recover the data on the drive.

5. Business brawl – In the heat of an argument in Australia, a businessman threw a USB stick at his partner. Containing valuable company plans, the stick ended up in several pieces on the floor. Luckily, both the plans and the business relationship were salvaged.  

4. Indiscriminate inferno – Recently, a fire destroyed the majority of the contents of an office, only leaving a few CDs. The sticking point was they had melted to the inside of their cases – a unique job for the engineers.

3. Quest for a quiet life – A British scientist was fed up with his hard drive squeaking, so he drilled a hole through the casing and poured oil into the mechanics. The squeaking stopped, and so did the hard drive.

2. Parachute mishap: In an effort to test the functionality of a parachute, a camera (acting as the cargo) was dropped from a plane. Unfortunately, the parachute failed its test and the fragile cargo shattered into several pieces. With the help of Kroll Ontrack, the camera’s memory stick was reassembled and the video of the parachute’s demise was recovered.

1. Ant invasion – Discovering ants had taken up residence in his external hard drive, a photographer in Thailand took the cover off and sprayed the interior with insect repellent. The ants didn’t make it and until Kroll Ontrack’s engineers got their hands on it, it looked like the data wasn’t going to either.

“In 2007, Kroll Ontrack data recovery experts saw more damaged devices than ever before and tackled an ever-widening range of recovery challenges,” said Jim Reinert, vice president of data recovery and software products. We’re always fascinated by the extraordinary things people do to data that is often irreplaceable. What is even more astonishing, though, is the technology our engineers are continually developing to recover information and memories. We often can perform a successful recovery from what may seem to be a hopeless case – proving that you should never give up. Our advice is that if you lose data, do not try to recover it yourself and risk further damage. Talk to an expert.”

Through its Ontrack® Data Recovery products and services, Kroll Ontrack is the largest, most experienced and technologically advanced provider of data recovery products and services worldwide. Using its hundreds of proprietary tools and techniques, Ontrack Data Recovery helps businesses and consumers recover lost or corrupted data from all types of operating systems and media and storage devices through its do-it-yourself, remote and in-lab capabilities.

For more information about Ontrack Data Recovery products and services, please visit: www.ontrackdatarecovery.com.

About Kroll Ontrack Inc.

Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services and software to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers recover, search, analyze, produce and present data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, advanced search, paper and electronic discovery, computer forensics, ESI consulting, and trial consulting and presentation services. Kroll Ontrack is a technology services division of Kroll Inc., the global risk consulting company. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit: www.krollontrack.com; www.ontrackdatarecovery.com; www.engeniumsearch.com; www.trialgraphix.com.