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http://gizmodo.com/388465/charred-ha...ta-rescue-ever
http://www.computerworld.com/action/...c=news_ts_head

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It's taken four and a half years, but the data recovery specialists charged with extracting data from a cracked, charred 400MB Seagate drive aboard the ill-fated Space Shuttle Columbia have done their duty, retrieving 99% of the information written to the disk. The Columbia burned up on re-entry on Feb. 1, 2003, over Louisiana and Texas. Computerworld reports that the drive was found in a dry lakebed and handed to a team at Kroll Ontrack about six months after the tragedy, but the successful recovery has only just come to light. So, you ask, what was on the drive that was so important?

Computerworld reports that the shuttle mission included conducting atmospheric tests:

One of those tests was an experiment for the National Institute of Standards and Technology to determine how xenon gas flows in a zero gravity environment.
Phew, glad they recovered that data. No, seriously, it's apparently very valuable information. To someone. In fact, researchers just released the data in an academic publication.
The drive, already eight years old at the time of the mission, took a beating in the crash, and took another beating during recovery. Stripped down to the platter alone, it was placed in another mechanism and "carefully aligned" with a new motor. As it spun, it sustained more damage, but didn't crap out before Kroll could get the goods. More gory details, and a lot of great pictures, are over at Computerworld.

I know, I know: Why don't they make the shuttle out of the same material they make the drive? The non-standup-comedian answer is that two other drives on the shuttle were completely unrecoverable, so there's definitely a luck element here.

Ha... it's a 400MB HD.
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Thats Insane.
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why is it only 400MB? I would expect Nasa to be using.... like 1TB super hard drives in RAID.
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I bet it still cost NASA quite a bit. I have a feeling they don't get their HW at newegg, lol. (ot, but I really wish the space program was privitized. Gov contracts rip off taxpayers every chance they get)
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I think I see a new advertising slogan for Seagate.

"Can survive atmospheric reentry."

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Originally Posted by OmegaNemesis28 View Post
why is it only 400MB? I would expect Nasa to be using.... like 1TB super hard drives in RAID.
1) Columbia Disaster was over 5 years ago.... TB drives didn't exist back then.
2) Qualification process takes a long time.

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Edwards said the Seagate hard drive -- which was about eight years old in 2003 -- featured much greater fault tolerance and durability than current hard drives of similar capacity.
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1) Columbia Disaster was over 5 years ago.... TB drives didn't exist back then.
2) Qualification process takes a long time.
well I knew it was about 5-6 years ago, but even then they had 100-200GB hard drives.
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I trust the stickers that have the serial number etc... on my GFX Card to stick now :O
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99%, they failed.

That just simply isn't good enough! Work harder men! *cracks whip*
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