When Carrie Bradshaw’s computer flaked out on this season’s ”Sex and the City,” she had to deal with a supercilious New York City computer repairman. When ”Sex” writer-producer Michael Patrick King’s laptop died — holding valuable script and contact information — he just sent it off to data-recovery engineer John Christopher of the Bay Area-based DriveSavers. His files were back in less than a week.
King isn’t the only entertainment luminary to have his butt, er, data saved by Christopher and his colleagues at DriveSavers. Sting, Keith Richards, and Sean Connery — who FedExed his laptop in from the Bahamas — have all entrusted their woebegone hard drives to the firm, which boasts a 90 percent success rate (with clients plunking down an average of $700 per job, it had better be successful). DriveSavers has even aided George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic, salvaging some important storyboards from a CPU that crossed over to the dark side.
How do they do it? According to Christopher, most work is done in a so-called clean room, ”a dust-free environment where we have guys in bunny suits who disassemble the drives.” Bunny suits? Even ”Sex” kitten Samantha would consider that kinky.