|A few months ago, MegaUpload's former hosting company Cogent informed all the parties that a few MegaUpload’s hard drives, which are preserved as evidence, have become unreadable. As a result, the representatives of the US entertainment industry decided to act swiftly, before it's too late, and asked a federal court for a preservation order to recover and secure stored MegaUpload data.
The hosting service was brought down more than 5 years ago, but its data from the servers are still in storage. Some of those servers are placed at the Internet service provider Cogent. Although the original machines are no longer intact, Cogent has backed up all data and will keep them in storage pending lawsuits against MegaUpload. The problem is that the lawsuit has almost no progress, while the condition of the hard drives has significantly deteriorated, and eventually 16 of them became unreadable. This problem is a serious concern for all the parties involved, because hard drives contain important evidence, vital for both MegaUpload and the MPAA/RIAA, which filed civil lawsuits against the hosting service.
Now the MPAA and RIAA presented a preservation plan to the court. They suggest shipping the 16 failing hard drives to the independent forensics company, which will try to recover the damaged data in a secure location that will be isolated from the Internet. Once the data are recovered, the original and copied data will be shipped back to the hosting company in separate transports and then stored in different locations. The forensics company will not retain any copies in the end.
Given that the time is running out, the parties have also resolved the money issue: while they previously disagreed about who should cover the costs, now the MPAA and RIAA state that they will pay 100%. However, the parties failed to reach agreement on the question whether MegaUpload can access the data. The entertainment industry promised to deal with this “collateral” issue later, but in their proposal its representatives stress that no other party, including MegaUpload, should have access to the data.
Kim Dotcom, the MegaUpload’s founder, also wants the aging drives to be preserved, but doesn’t like the part where it is prevented from accessing its own data.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article. Posted by:
Friday, March 17th, 2017
|Why would they be failing if the hard drives were not active in years.... I know there is an inert noble gas inside the hard drives that may decay the data when inactive, but I heard of people that had old 10GB hard drives from the 1500s that still worked in their caveman PC.|
|This is just another of those high profile cases where the authorities are unsure how to proceed and instead just bankrupt the accused with lawyers fees while they delay again and again. Even the rules of evidence don't seem to be working properly. They use the words 'forensic' and 'independent' but if the accused doesn't have equal legal discovery rights how can they ever be sure that the recovered data is even the genuine article. Could you just imagine if in a murder case the prosecution allowed the murder weapon to degrade and then was to present the jury with a 'pretty good replica' in its place. That's why rules of evidence exist and if they have made errors then the evidence is lost, that's just how it works.|
|Tech has been outpacing the law for sometime which can be good and bad.|
|The original machines are no longer intact. The hard drives must be without power. I do not believe the drives can be judged as functional or not without power to inspect them. They would rest and be as functional as when they were powered down. The backups would be able to restore the data to new drives if the old ones fail If they have been powered up who is reading the data. All the truth about the system status must be a secret.|
|posted by (2017-03-18 04:06:43)|
|I have lost drives in the past and as a layman have been able to recover most of the in formation stored on the drive, even going back to dos and using a product called xxcopy|
|Technically the data on the platters will remain for very long periods, a decade even. Its the other parts of the drive that seize up and fail once they are diconnected and not in use. The bearings and motors often fail causing a drive failure. Data centers you would lke to think are all top notch never mistreating drives etc but it simply isnt the case. Many people have had powered down hard drives stored in data centers fail due to too high a temp in the storage room. Basically magnetic media you should cycle every cpl years to new hard drive if powered down for ideal recovery chances,|
|posted by (2017-03-18 10:14:55)|
|Thanks for info|
|posted by (2017-03-18 21:30:49)|
|Corporates will always be corporatism, they cant take over P2P now with laws..|
|If they disassembled the servers, they could have broken the raid arrays. Without the controller from the original machine, or the original configuration, and the correct drive order it is highly likely they could loose access to the data. The data may still be recoverable, but it not a sure thing, and its a very lengthy process.|
|posted by (2017-03-19 10:19:36)|
|hmmm... seems like somebody didnt want those harddrives talking. That or i've been watching too many movies.|
|posted by (2017-03-22 01:22:06)|
|@Admiral_Smith you clearly have no clue in computer architectures or how it works. Shush.||
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