Ten Ways to Ruin your Hard Drive

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The data recovery company called On-Track puts out a list each year of horrible data disasters. Oozing bananas, leaking shampoo bottles and misused WD-40 all made the list of this year's data disasters.


Now, if you play games on your computer and it crashes, today's last word on business is for you.

The data recovery company OnTrack compiled its annual list of top 10 data disasters. The company says its clients really suffered these problems. Apparently it is not a good idea to repair a noisy hard drive by squirting it with WD40. Nor is it a good idea to pack your computer in the same bag as a shampoo bottle that leaks in flight.

Mr. JIM REINERT (Senior Software Director, OnTrack): One of the other stories involved a customer leaving an old banana on top of the external hard drive and - forgot about it and the banana, you know, kind of seeped right into the hard drive components, ruining the drive.

INSKEEP: That's OnTrack's senior software director Jim Reinert. Now, the company claims it actually recovered the data in all of these cases, including the case of the Telecom employees who dropped their laptop from a helicopter.

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