Shirley you need to know more about computer forensics

A fantastic story that brings the world of computer forensics to the layman from Robert Mitchell at Computerworld.com. Mr. Mitchell had the unenviable task of attempting to recover 736 family photos from his mother-in-law’s computer. He details how he first tried free recoverable applications found on the Internet and eventually contacts and works with Ontrack’s specialists to gather the bulk of the missing photos.

I like how Robert uses his unfortunate experiences (i.e. he turns on the computer before making an image of the hard drive) to present a good lesson to others. Of course the story revolves around family photos, but it could just as easily involve discoverable files deleted by an unhappy employee.

Robert does a good job of following up on the story and responding to reader questions here and here.