Skip to comments.Adam Lanza's Hard Drive Damaged Beyond Repair? Motive for Shooting Hidden
Posted on 12/18/2012 7:00:28 AM PST by KansasGirl
Adam Lanza's hard drive, which was found destroyed in his Connecticut home, may be beyond repair police say, leaving them at a loss to explain the shooter's motive.
When police first discovered the tainted hard drive, they believed that it could serve as a key piece of evidence in discovering why a 20-year-old man would terrorize an elementary school filled with children. It appears, however, that the shooter did not want his motive unveiled.
"The computer's hard drive appeared to have been badly damaged with a hammer or screw driver," law enforcement authorities told ABC News on Monday. Two other sources reported to a local Connecticut paper that the hard drive had been in pieces.
"He was eliminating [investigators'] ability to figure out what websites he had gone to or who he might have been communicating with," one investigator told Yahoo.
The little information that police do have confirms that Lanza was an avid player of violent video games.
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His ISP has all of that info.
Hillary must have fallen and hit her head on the hard drive. It explains everything.
My drive, in pristine condition, reveals nothing other than the work I am doing.
But he was young and may not have known.
A really good data recovery fir should be able to reconstruct a lot of the data.
Does anyone else find this statement curious? The characteristic tool marks of a hammer and a screwdriver (even if the screwdriver is used like a hammer) are VERY different. With stupid statements like this, I begin to smell the whiff of politically convenient happenstance.
But maybe the aluminum in my hat is too tight.
Riiiight, and no one has EVER been able to get data off a damaged hard drive.
This stinks more every day.
The agenda must proceed unhindered.
What they found implicated the left... you can bank on it... too many strange coincidences in with this guy. Something smells as bad as Benghazi smells.
And was it a hammer or screwdriver, and why can’t forensics tell the difference?
“The computer’s hard drive appeared to have been badly damaged with a hammer or screw driver,”
...or it may have been a cougar bite, we can’t be sure.
Not if the coward ran a sophisticated level of proxies.
Then I read your point
"The computer's hard drive appeared to have been badly damaged with a hammer or screw driver," ... Does anyone else find this statement curious?
Now that you mention it, yes.
I wonder if we will ever hear what meds this young man was on, and for how long. There is where Law Enforcement and the Government should be focusing their attention. But I’m sure the pharmaceutical lobby is already lining up lawyers and PR agents to deflect any “unwanted attention” that may come their way...
Not if the platters have been physically damaged.
If it wasn’t an external drive, it would have had to be removed of the computer would have been obviously mangled.
He smashed it with a hammer to get access to the platters, and scarred the platters with a screwdriver.
Sounding a bit suspicious to me, too.
How many of these clowns go out with out leaving some sort of rant or manifesto? They want their 15 minutes.
>>Does anyone else find this statement curious?
Very curious. If he was accused to downloading music or kiddie porn, they would be able to reconstruct his entire online life from a handful of hard drive shards.
This is another leftist, anarchist, disaffected young male video game player. Since he was a child, any masculine tendency has been declared bad and has been medicated out of him. As a young adult, he has become the feminized metrosexual that everyone demanded he become to fit into their vision of society and he hates that society for making him into a virtual eunuch.
There are millions of these time bombs ticking across America. Liberals created this person, so they want to destroy his history and focus on the tools he used to kill.
Yup...loosen it up a bit. Any time I take a pc to recycle I take a sledge hammer to the hard drive first. I guarantee no one will be recovering data from those drives. Doesn't take a lot to make it unrecoverable.
His ISP will have info on the sites he's visited, which may lead to his postings. Any raving writings that he made personally--like a diary--may not be online, though.
Unless the platters are physically shattered in a few thousand pieces, it is possible to reconstruct at least some data from them.
Also consider if they’re SSDs. SSDs can easily be destroyed with a magnet or a hammer. Destroy flash chips and the data is unrecoverable. Unless a platter is physically shattered, data can still be recovered. It’s all about the magnet integrity of the disk. I’ve seen data pulled from HDDs that were physically crushed but the platters were still intact.
No. I usually just use a hammer. Scoring the platters would be a reasonable (but probably unnecessary) step to prevent data recovery.
I’ll bet there is a whole lot out on the web w this psycho waiting to be found.
I find it very challenging to believe that as this young, highly-troubled lunatic was preparing for his attack, he actually took the time to think: "I don't want investigators to have lots of evidence from which to dissect my motives, so I'm going to destroy my hard drive."
Are they going to next tell us that he wiped the place down for fingerprints, and infiltrated his wireless company's phone records? What did his Outlook, Cosi, or Google calendar say?
So the drive is no longer functionable, the data is still on the platters.
It may be there wasn’t much masculine in him to start with, if you catch my drift. And if that was the case, you can expect that info never to see the light of day.
“Riiiight, and no one has EVER been able to get data off a damaged hard drive.”
Also, a subpoena duces tecum served on an ISP is utterly and totally unheard of and never, ever done.
If it was a laptop it is real easy to remove the HD. A couple turns of small screwdriver. However the hammer or screwdriver comment is weird. If you can’t tell the difference between the flat round dent of a hammer and the sharp jab of a screwdriver you shouldn’t be a detective.
True... don't people like that actually want their ravings to be found, though?
This is a new twist in these sort of things, seems to me - that the perp goes to the effort of destroying their computer's hard drive.
Even in that condition companies that specialize in data recovery can get things off of it.
***He smashed it with a hammer to get access to the platters, and scarred the platters with a screwdriver. ***
I pulled my hard drive from an old computer and tried to destroy it. I sat it on a cement car port, took a 6 foot long 1 inch thick steel bar with a chisel tip, and smashed, smashed, smashed! I could not break the hard drive! I bent it a little, but could not break it. Finally I threw it in a burn pile and “heat treated” it.
OK. It would be easy enough to destroy a hard drive with a hammer and screwdriver. If the discs are broken, it is very doubtful that anything important would be recovered. Since they reference Yahoo, I assume that his ISP used them or he had used Yahoo as the primary search engine. It is not credible to say that his browsing habbits are no longer available, they certainly are. All ISP's are required to record that data and much more.
"authorities" are not the best place to attempt to recover data. Good data recovery companies are better at it than the GOV, with the exception of the NSA.
I don't understand why, after damaging the hard drive, that he didn't toss it in a trash can somewhere. Or put it on the stove and melt it.
um.. next time you might want to try a screw driver
or a moose bite....
Moose bites can be very nasti
The info never dies......
“if the mass murderer was sympathetic to the Occupy Movement”
What type of mask was he wearing? There seems to be a blackout on this information.
It's hard to generalize about the extremely insane. I think most do, but some are intensely, privately paranoid. Who knows what his world was like?
Maybe he was a DUmmie............
What they found implicated the left... you can bank on it... too many strange coincidences in with this guy. Something smells as bad as Benghazi smells.””
His father and the father of the cinema shooter in Colorado are both under investigation for international banking fraud. Too much going on here.
A moose bit my sister once.
I was thinking that I know that I certainly get cheesed off when my hard drive crashes...but this takes it to another level. I was wondering how this was going to segue into the shootings ... but then I saw I misread the title - so never mind...
MAYBE his mother found something on the computer, destroyed it, and that is what caused him to go whacko?
Another excellent evaluation.
I’d bet that someone is scrubbing sites right now.