If someone chucked a computer (CPU) into a river or ocean, would the data still be retrievable?

Question by The_Word_Mistress: If someone chucked a computer (CPU) into a river or ocean, would the data still be retrievable?
How long could the hard drive and data be submerged under water (salt and fresh water) before the data would be irretrievable? How and what type of physical damage would occur to the cpu and hard drive data?

Best answer:

Answer by Rodger R
never say never, but it would be highly unlikely anyone could recover the data from your disk drive platter. All other components would be ruined beyond repair.

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3 Responses to “If someone chucked a computer (CPU) into a river or ocean, would the data still be retrievable?”

  • s j says:

    Hard drives are made in a dust free enviorment and are airtight. Simply tossing one into the ocean won’t make the data non-recoverable until the hard drive case corrodes so badly the saltwater finally gets in and corrodes the platters.
    A simple government wipe (low level format that writes 0s across the entire drive) is the best way to clean it.

  • Colinc says:

    The hard drive would be damaged after a short exposure, but it would take much longer for the mechanism to be damaged. Even then if it was dismantled, the actual platters of the disk would last for years, and since they store magnetically might still be recoverable by placing them into another drive assembly.

  • bfreebuzz says:

    Okay, this is not a joke. There was an episode, CSI or something like that. The story was this computer was in tub full of water for two days or so. Guess what? Yes, they were able to get some data out of it. hahahahaha

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