Rest assured - we've recovered data from computers damaged in 1700 degree infernos! While the computer's plastic components may be melted, the data encased in the metal hard drive may be recoverable.


What to Do
1) If the computer is wet from fire hoses, remove the wet hard drive, DO NOT dry, and place in a plastic bag with an airtight zip closure.
2) If the drive is "sealed" in a melted computer, leave it intact.

1) Extreme pressure changes during a fire can pull water and contaminants inside the drive through small air vents.
Dried water leaves mineral deposits and other contaminants on the media surface that can lead to a head crash if powered on.