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DriveSavers, Inc.: Emergency Data Recovery for Hurricane Victims
[September 23, 2004]

DriveSavers, Inc.: Emergency Data Recovery for Hurricane Victims

NOVATO, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Sept. 23, 2004 -- DriveSavers, Inc. the worldwide leader in data recovery services, is offering discounted data recovery service to hurricane and storm victims with computers that suffered damage from severe weather conditions in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia.

"We know the enormous consequences of natural disasters and want to show support for hurricane survivors by offering a 20% discount on our service," said Scott Gaidano, President of DriveSavers.

In the past two weeks, DriveSavers has received hundreds of calls regarding storm damage to computers and hard drives. The company offers these tips to computer users to protect their valuable data from possible damage during the storm season.

Back up more often:

Back up all your data and store the backups at an off-site location, as insurance against possible flooding and storm damage.

Lightning & Surge Protection:

During lightning storms and power fluctuations, turn all computer equipment off. If you do not own a surge-suppressor or uninterruptible power supply, unplug power cords, modem, and network cables. Most damage is done when power returns and power spikes occur causing damage to computer equipment.

Water Damage

At the first sign of flooding, unplug computer equipment and move it to a secure and dry area. If the computer gets wet, remove the hard drive and place it in a zip-lock plastic bag. Do not allow the drive to "air dry" because this may cause water deposit damage. The less handling a drive receives, the better, so don't attempt to clean or dry out a soaked drive.

Since 1985, DriveSavers has recovered data from hard drives and other storage media that have been damaged, dropped, burnt, crushed, and drowned. The company is well known for some of its extraordinary data recoveries including a PowerBook submerged at the bottom of the Amazon River for two days, the drives recovered from the devastating Oakland and Los Angeles fires, and computers damaged in California earthquakes.

The company has a success rate of over 90%, and recovers data in as little as 24 hours from all operating systems and storage media including: hard drives, disk arrays, floppies, CD-ROM, DVD, Tape, removable cartridges and digital camera media. DriveSavers is factory-authorized by all hard drive manufacturers to open sealed drive mechanisms without voiding the original warranty. For more information, visit

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