Step one is being aware of what can happen. Technology moves forward in steps. A document on a 5.25-inch floppy disk could have been transferred to a 3.5-inch floppy disk easily back when most computers had both drives. Then that data could have been transferred to a CD when most computers featured a 3.5-inch floppy disk and a CD drive. Then the data could be transferred to the computer's hard drive, an external hard drive, and the cloud. Along the way, it could have been opened and resaved in various formats from early text programs to WordPerfect and Word.
Even Honan's loss of photographs of his new baby weren't permanent.
It turns out some of the data was recoverable, Honan got the photos from his wiped laptop back. It cost him $1,690 with a drive recovery company. "Data doesn't come cheap," he says.
Neither do memories.
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