Data recovery is probably one of the most misunderstood technologies in the computer world. Myths abound about how to recover data, with freezing your hard drive being a very common one of these myths. This presentation will get down to the nuts and bolts of data recovery, including the actual internal workings of the drive, what to do when a drive motor fails, when read/write heads fail, and when programming turns the hard drive into a brick. This is presented in layman’s terms so it is very easy to understand. We will be showcasing the best software to use for easier recoveries, as well as live demonstrations of some of our lab equipment for advanced data recovery! We will be discussing rotational media (spinning hard drives), SSD hard drive recovery, thumb drives, cellular, and monolith recovery. By the end of this lecture, you will be much more knowledgeable on how hard drives work, how data lives, and how to recover it when all seems lost.