We use the Internet almost every day now. It is not just for school or work but more so for our personal pursuits. If you are not using a handy smart device, then a computer is your best bet for accessing the web and exploring its vast wonders. A PC is better in a lot of ways since you can store more data and you can do more with it. The hard drive stores all your important data that you can access whenever you want and modify too if needed. Hard drives need not be too big if you are just using it for personal use but those dealing with big data need more computing power and storage capacity in order to do all these things effectively and efficiently.

When we talk about hard drive problems, we often think of the physical damage to the device. It’s the first thing that comes to mind and it makes perfect sense as virtually everyone with a computer can relate to experiencing PC issues from malware infections to hard drive failures that affect performance and may even leave your device almost useless. But this time around, this specific hard drive failure involves the actual disappearance of the device and not just any malfunction on its part. But when you think about it, this problem may come to light when devices hold important and sensitive information that other people may find early valuable enough to lure them to steal it. This is prevalent in businesses or in the healthcare setting, where hard drives contain information of a lot of people that can be exploited by hackers and used in various ways.

A radiology lab says it has lost a portable hard drive that may contain the personal information and X-ray images of almost 9,400 patients. Charles River Medical Associates, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, mailed letters this week to patients whose records are missing. The hard drive stored names, dates of birth, patient identification numbers and bone density scan images dating to 2010. It did not have insurance information or Social Security numbers. The practice’s executive director, Brian Parillo, said ‘there are no leads on’ the hard drive’s location.

(Via: http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/10/lab-loses-hard-drive-containing-personal-details-of-thousands-including-patient-x-rays-7219303/)

While they are usually bulky and heavy, it is still possible for these gadgets to be stolen right under their owner’s noses especially when it is done in the dead of the night when there is no one in the facility and at times may even be considered an inside job. Only people with personal knowledge about the information and the specific device where it can be found will have the interest to pull off such a crime rather successfully. It is just unfortunate for everyone who data is stored in the stolen hard drive because they don’t have any idea who now has access to their personal details and how they plan of using it in the long run.

Top Dawg Entertainment’s own MixedByAli can breathe easy. On Wednesday (Dec. 20), Hawthorne, Calif. police located and recovered the ace producer’s stolen hard drive, which had been taken from his BMW while he was at Equinox gym on Rosecrans Avenue on Dec. 7. The hard drive contained more than $1 million worth of original music that was stolen

Hawthorne police tell the Los Angeles Daily News, 23-year-old Los Angeles resident Jonjairo Espinoza left his fingerprint on the handle of Ali’s car door and that’s how they were able to pinpoint his identity. A second man wanted for the crime is still on the loose.

(Via: http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2017/12/mixedbyali-stolen-hard-drive-recovered/)

Even personal hard drives of popular people can be seen as a juicy prospect for burglars and thieves especially that it may contain a landmine of materials they can use to blackmail the owner or sell to competitors of the victims for a hefty amount of money. Such is the case of a famous songwriter who also writes songs for Kendrick Lamar. He’s a known studio rat that lives and breathes music and writes songs on end in his studio. Whoever thought hard drives can be more than just a practical equipment but something of a prized possession especially when the owners are renowned people themselves.

And since the thieves don’t know possible login details of the device, it is inevitable they may also ruin the hard drive before they can even access what is inside it. They may have to look into various hacks so they can make use of their stolen hard drive considering all the effort they put into stealing it in the first place.