The wizards of done-in data

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.

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