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    Couple's Supposedly Destroyed Hard Drive Purchased In Chicago

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/wlwt/20060601/lo_wlwt/9303216

    A year ago, Henry and Roma Gerbus took their computer to Best Buy in Springfield Township to have its hard drive replaced.

    Henry Gerbus said Best Buy assured him the computer's old hard drive -- loaded with personal information -- would be destroyed.

    "They said rest assured. They drill holes in it so it's useless," said Gerbus.

    A few months ago, Gerbus got a phone call from a man in Chicago.

    "He said, 'My name is Ed. I just bought your hard drive for $25 at a flea market in Chicago,'" said Gerbus. "I thought my world was coming down."

    Gerbus and his wife had good reason to worry.

    A total stranger had access to the couple's personal information, including
    Social Security numbers, bank statements and investment records.

    Through information listed on the hard drive, the man in Chicago was able to contact the couple.

    "He said, 'Do you want me to wipe it clean or send it to you?' I told him to send it to me. I wanted it in my hands," said Gerbus.

    Gerbus received the hard drive a few weeks later.

    As a precaution, the couple alerted the major credit bureaus to protect their information.

    "I'm not leaving myself open to identity theft," said Gerbus.

    Target 5's Tom Sussi contacted Best Buy to figure out how the Gerbus' hard drive wound up at a flea market outside Chicago.

    Best Buy issued the following statement to Target 5.

    "Our company values and places the utmost importance on maintaining the privacy of our customers. We will fully investigate these allegations."

    In the meantime, Gerbus said he hopes the couple's private information didn't fall into the wrong hands. "I don?t know if we're going to have a problem," said Gerbus. "I just don't know."

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    She who must be obeyed Super Moderator piaqt's Avatar
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    Moral of the story: Never entrust your hardware to someone earning minimum wage.

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    oh man, that's scary... I wonder with more and more of these stories, that the sales of Governement level Format programs will increase

    Format c: /y


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    http://www.datadev.com/v94.html

    That's the device to use!

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    Or just put the hard drive through a chipper.

    Last night, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I'll never know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Booger
    http://www.datadev.com/v94.html

    That's the device to use!
    such a deal.....only $2,299.00....woo hoo...lol

    I like P's idea of the chipper....or my sledge hammer.....take out frustrations on MS....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PIPER
    such a deal.....only $2,299.00....woo hoo...lol

    I like P's idea of the chipper....or my sledge hammer.....take out frustrations on MS....
    But just think you can rent it out and recoup your money in weeks!

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    Why leave the hard drive with them to start with? He should have kept it and torched it when he got home!

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    Because he's a future Darwin Award nominee. A chainsaw would work, too.

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    LOL... surely the different low-level format apps would work? Else, we could all play frisbie with the HD platters

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    I nominate my dog to catch it.

    Last night, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I'll never know.
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    i'll just make sure not to play next to the East River

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    Wrong side of town. I live near the Hudson River.

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    Still, its not likey to go swimming in either right?

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    Nah. He's not too sure about this whole "getting wet on purpose" thing.

    Last night, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I'll never know.
    love, piaqt

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