The Norman Transcript


June 2, 2013

What to do when the hard drives hit the fan

NORMAN — What do you do when your house has been smashed into a pile of rubble by a massive killer tornado? If you are like most folks, you try to gather what’s left of your “stuff” and move on.

What do you do, however, if your computer has been crushed by debris, thrown half a county away, or drowned in a mass of mud, and you have no backups of your family photos or personal files? What if your cell phone has been destroyed, losing all of your contacts, and you don’t have anyone’s phone number memorized? Do you just throw your ruined electronics in the trash and start from scratch?

Many victims of the May 2013 tornados that thrashed central Oklahoma have been overjoyed to learn that, even though their computers appeared to be beyond hope, it was possible to take the hard drives and memory cards inside them and rescue their irreplaceable files.

A few days after the tornados hit, I and a handful of like-minded computer professionals started doing just that, and the results have been very rewarding. Even though I founded the group, I can’t take credit for the idea; it was Aggie, my fiancé, who thought of the idea after news reports indicated rescue and aid organizations were being overwhelmed with volunteers.

Offering hope for storm-damaged computers and other digital devices, The Computer Rescue Team is a group comprised of local computer experts, the City of Moore Public Library and one of the world’s premier data recovery labs and hard drive manufacturers.

Our goal is to help people recover digital data, such as family photos and other personal files, from devices damaged in the recent tornados that struck Oklahoma. Devices include items such as desktop, laptop and tablet computers, cell phones, digital cameras, etc. The service is free of charge to tornado victims.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Women leaders announced

    The Norman Chamber announced the nominees for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Award, which honors female leaders who actively inspire other women to achieve their full potential.  Past recipients of this honor, formerly known as the ATHENA ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Norman use tax takes a hit while Moore sales tax flounders

    Norman use tax took a hit this month while Moore’s sales tax floundered for the first time since sales picked up in the post-tornado recovery period. For the city of Norman, however, sales tax collections are a bright spot on the revenue ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Nextep moves back to Dillard Building, but this time with much larger presence

    In 1997, entrepreneur Brian Fayak was just getting Nextep Inc., a professional employer service, started. Fayak had been working out of his sister’s house in west Norman and was delighted when the opportunity came to rent an executive ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Spotlight

    Chiropractic award Megan Borne, a chiropractic assistant at Sparks Clinic of Chiropractic in Norman, was recently awarded the title of C.A. counselor with the Pinnacle Chiropractic Management Group. She will assist other chiropractic ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Primrose presents Leadership class grads

    On Tuesday, the Norman Chamber of Commerce graduated both Leadership Norman and Tomorrow’s Leaders. Over the past several months, participants attended interactive sessions covering a variety of topics including communication, education, ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Business and restaurant survey online now

    The city of Norman is seeking input from its residents about retail shopping and restaurant opportunities that they would like to see locate to Norman. On Thursday, the city published a link to an online retail and restaurant survey on ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Norman Nation

    In 1964, when my father was a University of Oklahoma student, he and my mother were in desperation car shopping mode because their vehicle had just died. As the story has been told for nearly 50 years, the Ford dealership had not opened ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Spring cleaning: Time to change passwords again

    Are you in the habit of regularly changing the passwords for your online accounts? You should be — changing passwords regularly is a required part of every wise Internet user’s safety routine....

    April 13, 2014

  • Regional partnerships build prosperity

    Job creators shop for sites, regional marketing professionals told Norman’s Economic Development Advisory Board on Thursday. That makes selling the central Oklahoma region with its diversity of site options and amenities a business savvy ...

    April 6, 2014

  • Greening up the urban hardscape

    Native plantings, wildlife habitat and rippling waters aren’t just descriptors of a country life anymore. In Norman, green infrastructure practices are bringing the beauty of nature to the urban setting but repurposed to do the work that ...

    April 6, 2014