Amazines Free Article Archive - Sunday, July 21, 2019
Read about the most recent changes and happenings at
Log into your account or register as a new author. Start submitting your articles right now!
Search our database for articles.
Subscribe to receive articles emailed straight to your email account. You may choose multiple categories.
View our newest articles submitted by our authors.
View our most top rated articles rated by our visitors.
* Please note that this is NOT the ARTICLE manager
Add a new EZINE, or manage your EZINE submission.
Add fresh, free web content to your site such as newest articles, web tools, and quotes with a single piece of code!
Home What's New? Submit/Manage Articles Latest Posts Top Rated Article Search
Subscriptions Manage Ezines
 Article Archive
 Advertising (133298)
 Advice (160829)
 Affiliate Programs (34734)
 Art and Culture (73673)
 Automotive (145656)
 Blogs (75029)
 Boating (9841)
 Books (17123)
 Buddhism (4124)
 Business (1328339)
 Business News (426310)
 Business Opportunities (366258)
 Camping (10961)
 Career (72763)
 Christianity (15841)
 Collecting (11636)
 Communication (115054)
 Computers (241950)
 Construction (38993)
 Consumer (49679)
 Cooking (17061)
 Copywriting (6567)
 Crafts (18204)
 Cuisine (7538)
 Current Affairs (20383)
 Dating (45774)
 EBooks (19685)
 E-Commerce (48195)
 Education (185189)
 Electronics (83491)
 Email (6390)
 Entertainment (159825)
 Environment (28933)
 Ezine (3039)
 Ezine Publishing (5445)
 Ezine Sites (1554)
 Family & Parenting (110898)
 Fashion & Cosmetics (196384)
 Female Entrepreneurs (11842)
 Feng Shui (130)
 Finance & Investment (310266)
 Fitness (105937)
 Food & Beverages (62852)
 Free Web Resources (7938)
 Gambling (30219)
 Gardening (25085)
 Government (10513)
 Health (629307)
 Hinduism (2206)
 Hobbies (44032)
 Home Business (91544)
 Home Improvement (251325)
 Home Repair (46119)
 Humor (4817)
 Import - Export (5450)
 Insurance (45126)
 Interior Design (29545)
 International Property (3485)
 Internet (190974)
 Internet Marketing (146310)
 Investment (22824)
 Islam (1168)
 Judaism (1357)
 Law (80460)
 Link Popularity (4592)
 Manufacturing (20839)
 Marketing (98751)
 MLM (14136)
 Motivation (18211)
 Music (26999)
 New to the Internet (9476)
 Non-Profit Organizations (4048)
 Online Shopping (129613)
 Organizing (7802)
 Party Ideas (11856)
 Pets (38081)
 Poetry (2234)
 Press Release (12671)
 Public Speaking (5618)
 Publishing (7523)
 Quotes (2407)
 Real Estate (126613)
 Recreation & Leisure (95259)
 Relationships (87450)
 Research (16157)
 Sales (80313)
 Science & Technology (110166)
 Search Engines (23447)
 Self Improvement (153090)
 Seniors (6230)
 Sexuality (35942)
 Small Business (49280)
 Software (82970)
 Spiritual (23461)
 Sports (116076)
 Tax (7658)
 Telecommuting (34064)
 Travel & Tourism (307212)
 UK Property Investment (3118)
 Video Games (13423)
 Web Traffic (11724)
 Website Design (56804)
 Website Promotion (36557)
 World News (1000+)
 Writing (35762)
Author Spotlight

I am an American author who loves to find out about new things. I try to cover as many topics as I c...more

I am in Nepalest tourism industery working since 2000 as a trekking porter to the senior tour leader...more

I have been involved in nutrition and weight management for over 12 years and I like to share my kn...more

My Name is Anish Sah, I am an Internet Marketing and SEO Expert, Social Media Guru and young Entrepr...more

Shovon Joarder has been working as Freelance Marketing Project Manager for over four years. He also ...more

Rescue for Pine Grove - Data Recovery Resurrects a Library by Steve Burgess

Rescue for Pine Grove - Data Recovery Resurrects a Library by
Article Posted: 10/05/2014
Article Views: 540
Articles Written: 36
Word Count: 644
Article Votes: 0
AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Rescue for Pine Grove - Data Recovery Resurrects a Library

Rescue for Pine Grove: Data Recovery Resurrects a Library

By Steve Burgess, 2014

On the morning of May 21, something happened. Suspicion fell first on kids playing with matches. But a Fire Department investigation soon revealed that it was faulty wiring in the walls that started the fire. The temporary building that permanently housed the Pine Grove Elementary School’s library in the town of Orcutt, California was no more. The formerly bright interior had taken on the cast of a coal mine.

Well before the investigation was concluded, community members and organizations donated thousands of dollars in cash and services to help rebuild. But there was a problem.

The building still stood, but its entire contents had been destroyed – books, shelves and desks turned to ash and embers. While the contents were insured, the data cache containing a listing of the contents was in a laptop on a burned desk in the building. The plastic of the laptop bore a strong resemblance to volcanic ejecta. There was no way to turn the computer on, and the backup for the data had been kept on a CD. The CD had been kept in the drawer of the desk on which the laptop sat. And the CD was now a puddle of melted plastic.

Fortunately, this is when Burgess Consulting & Forensics entered the scene. Using a mask and gloves, the first part of the project, after peeling the remains off the desk, was an archaeological expedition to the location of the hard disk inside the laptop. Knowing where was half the battle. A Dremel tool with various attachments allowed the excavation to proceed apace.

A careful cleaning of the outside of the drive allowed further inspection to proceed without contaminating the drive. Once the grit & smoke residue was removed, it became clear that several of the traces connecting the guts of the hard disk with the electronics outside the hard disk had burned through. These were repaired with small jumpers soldered onto the exposed traces of the membrane cable as it emerged from the hard disk’s insides.

The drive was opened in a clean room environment and miraculously, the smoke had stayed out of the enclosed portion of the drive. With delicate machinery, and clearances measured in microns, this was an important factor in the potential success of the recovery. Smoke particles can be larger than the clearance between read/write head and platters, making the process of reading the platters impossible.

The drive was attached to a write-blocker and every byte of the drive was transferred to another device. The partition structure was carefully rebuilt, and the file structure recovered. In the end, Burgess recovered all of the data – for free.

The school district’s alternative would have been to go through the costly process of examining decades of purchase orders and receipts in order to have even an estimate of the library’s charred inventory. But instead, a complete and up to date record could be presented to the insurance company.

And finally, the recovery was complete.

What is the moral of the story? There are two.

The first is about backups. Keep your backups current. And keep a copy off site.

The second is about community. Communities come together to make rebuilding from a disaster possible. Even with the resources of the school district, and funds from insurance, the reason the library could get back on its feet quickly, replacing its 8,000 book inventory and providing badly needed services to the children of Pine Grove once again was due to generous contributions of funds and services.

It took one fire to wreck a library, but it took one community to rebuild.

Burgess Forensics: Computer forensics, data recovery, expert witness – Since 1985

Related Articles - Data Recovery, School fire, computer crash, computer fire,

Email this Article to a Friend!

Receive Articles like this one direct to your email box!
Subscribe for free today!

 Rate This Article  
Completely useless, should be removed from directory.
Minimal useful information.
Decent and informative.
Great article, very informative and helpful.
A 'Must Read'.


Do you Agree or Disagree? Have a Comment? POST IT!

 Reader Opinions 
Submit your comments and they will be posted here.
Make this comment or to the Author only:
*Your email will NOT be posted. This is for administrative purposes only.
Comments: *Your Comments WILL be posted to the AUTHOR ONLY if you select PRIVATE and to this PUBLIC PAGE if you select PUBLIC, so write accordingly.
Please enter the code in the image:

 Author Login 
Register for Author Account


Advertiser Login


   Limited Time $60 Offer!
   90  Days-1.5 Million Views  


Great Paranormal Romance

World News


Author of four books and two screenplays; frequent magazine contributor. I have four other books "in...more

Steve Bye is currently a fiction writer, who published his first novel, ‘Looking Forward Through The...more

Stevert Mckenzie, Travel Enthusiast. ...more

An experienced, resourceful and highly motivated IT professional, with a proven record of success in...more

Anita Waggoner grew up in a small town in Eastern Washington. She attended business-college in the S...more

At LeadGenerators, we specialise in content-led Online Marketing Strategies for our clients in the t...more

Susan Friesen, founder of the award-winning web development and digital marketing firm eVision Media...more

Kiranpreet (Kiran) Kaur, D.D.S., who received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the prestigio...more

Michael Mifsud was a House of Commons Commonwealth correspondent at the age of 16. He published Brit...more

Warm greetings to you!! Hello there, my name is Treena (Smiley) Murphy I am a part time blogge...more

HomeLinksAbout UsContact UsTerms of UsePrivacy PolicyFAQResources
Copyright © 2019, All rights reserved.
Some pages may contain portions of text relating to certain topics obtained from under the GNU FDL license