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Adam Lanza's Hard Drive Damaged Beyond Repair? Motive for Shooting Hidden
Christian Post ^ | 12/18/12 | Brittney Villalva

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: adamlanzacomputer; newtown; sandyhookshooting
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1 posted on 12/18/2012 7:00:34 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: KansasGirl
"He was eliminating [investigators'] ability to figure out what websites he had gone to or who he might have been communicating with,"

Oh pooh.
His ISP has all of that info.

2 posted on 12/18/2012 7:02:49 AM PST by grobdriver
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To: KansasGirl

How convenient.


3 posted on 12/18/2012 7:03:04 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: KansasGirl

Hillary must have fallen and hit her head on the hard drive. It explains everything.


4 posted on 12/18/2012 7:03:51 AM PST by Hans
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To: KansasGirl

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.


5 posted on 12/18/2012 7:05:41 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Here comes bama claus here comes bama claus left down bama claus lane!)
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To: grobdriver
Might have been proof of his involvement in “Project Fast and Furious v2.0 - providing access to firearms and mass kill plans to the insane since 2011”
6 posted on 12/18/2012 7:05:46 AM PST by apillar
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To: KansasGirl
"The computer's hard drive appeared to have been badly damaged with a hammer or screw driver,"

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.

7 posted on 12/18/2012 7:07:08 AM PST by MortMan (I will be true to my principles.)
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To: KansasGirl

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.


8 posted on 12/18/2012 7:07:34 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: GlockThe Vote

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.

LLS


9 posted on 12/18/2012 7:08:45 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (A child is born in Bethlehem KING of KINGS)
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To: exit82

And was it a hammer or screwdriver, and why can’t forensics tell the difference?


10 posted on 12/18/2012 7:10:00 AM PST by MortMan (I will be true to my principles.)
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To: KansasGirl
Sounds like the further they get into this, the less it looks like they can paint him as a gun-toting, Bible carrying birther. As a result, evidence is being Hillaryed.
11 posted on 12/18/2012 7:10:20 AM PST by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: MortMan

“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.


12 posted on 12/18/2012 7:11:31 AM PST by EEGator
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To: grobdriver

Not if the coward ran a sophisticated level of proxies.


13 posted on 12/18/2012 7:14:26 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: MortMan
My first thought was:
considering the importance of this information, there are resources available that can recover information from some very damaged hard drives... So why are they dismissing any attempt to recover such information?

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.

14 posted on 12/18/2012 7:14:53 AM PST by kidd
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To: KansasGirl

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...


15 posted on 12/18/2012 7:15:09 AM PST by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: freedumb2003
A really good data recovery fir should be able to reconstruct a lot of the data.

Not if the platters have been physically damaged.

16 posted on 12/18/2012 7:15:39 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state." - Cornelius Tacitus, Roman Senator)
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To: MortMan

If it wasn’t an external drive, it would have had to be removed of the computer would have been obviously mangled.

Extremely fishy.


17 posted on 12/18/2012 7:16:16 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: MortMan
Does anyone else find this statement curious?

He smashed it with a hammer to get access to the platters, and scarred the platters with a screwdriver.

18 posted on 12/18/2012 7:16:25 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state." - Cornelius Tacitus, Roman Senator)
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To: MortMan

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.


19 posted on 12/18/2012 7:20:05 AM PST by Little Ray (Get back to work. Your urban masters need their EBTs refilled.)
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To: MortMan

>>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.


20 posted on 12/18/2012 7:21:11 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: MortMan
But maybe the aluminum in my hat is too tight.

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.

21 posted on 12/18/2012 7:22:06 AM PST by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: grobdriver
His ISP has all of that info.

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.

22 posted on 12/18/2012 7:22:19 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

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.


23 posted on 12/18/2012 7:23:46 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Does anyone else find this statement curious?

No. I usually just use a hammer. Scoring the platters would be a reasonable (but probably unnecessary) step to prevent data recovery.

24 posted on 12/18/2012 7:25:17 AM PST by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: LibLieSlayer

I’ll bet there is a whole lot out on the web w this psycho waiting to be found.


25 posted on 12/18/2012 7:25:41 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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how convenient


26 posted on 12/18/2012 7:26:03 AM PST by phockthis (http://www.supremelaw.org/fedzone11/index.htm ...)
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To: KansasGirl
The computer's hard drive appeared to have been badly damaged

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?

27 posted on 12/18/2012 7:26:03 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: KansasGirl
It would be very inconvenient for liberals and their MSM friends if the mass murderer was sympathetic to the Occupy Movement!

So the drive is no longer functionable, the data is still on the platters.

28 posted on 12/18/2012 7:26:07 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Bryanw92

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.


29 posted on 12/18/2012 7:26:17 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: exit82

“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.


30 posted on 12/18/2012 7:26:55 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Capitol to the districts: "May the odds be ever in your favor.")
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To: Bryanw92

bttt


31 posted on 12/18/2012 7:27:55 AM PST by petercooper
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To: Hardraade

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.


32 posted on 12/18/2012 7:29:34 AM PST by redangus
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Any raving writings that he made personally--like a diary--may not be online, though.

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.

33 posted on 12/18/2012 7:31:03 AM PST by grobdriver
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Even in that condition companies that specialize in data recovery can get things off of it.


34 posted on 12/18/2012 7:31:56 AM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

***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.


35 posted on 12/18/2012 7:35:10 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Reopen the mental institutions! Damn the ACLU!)
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To: KansasGirl
Authorities found the drive over the weekend and have "spent days trying to extract data" according to Yahoo, with little luck.

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.

36 posted on 12/18/2012 7:36:12 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Lou L
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."

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.

37 posted on 12/18/2012 7:37:07 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

um.. next time you might want to try a screw driver


38 posted on 12/18/2012 7:38:19 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: EEGator

or a moose bite....

Moose bites can be very nasti


39 posted on 12/18/2012 7:38:42 AM PST by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: KansasGirl

The info never dies......


40 posted on 12/18/2012 7:40:45 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: TexasCajun

“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.


41 posted on 12/18/2012 7:42:29 AM PST by Selene
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To: grobdriver
True... don't people like that actually want their ravings to be found, though?

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?

42 posted on 12/18/2012 7:43:55 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: LibLieSlayer

Maybe he was a DUmmie............


43 posted on 12/18/2012 7:44:37 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: LibLieSlayer

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.””

Perfect.


44 posted on 12/18/2012 7:46:38 AM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: Red Badger

His father and the father of the cinema shooter in Colorado are both under investigation for international banking fraud. Too much going on here.

LLS


45 posted on 12/18/2012 7:47:24 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (A child is born in Bethlehem KING of KINGS)
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To: Mr. K

A moose bit my sister once.


46 posted on 12/18/2012 7:48:14 AM PST by EEGator
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To: KansasGirl
When I first saw the title of this post and misread it as: 'Adam's Hard Drive damaged beyond repair? - [May] have been motive for shooting'

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...

47 posted on 12/18/2012 7:48:26 AM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Lou L

MAYBE his mother found something on the computer, destroyed it, and that is what caused him to go whacko?


48 posted on 12/18/2012 7:48:43 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: Bryanw92

Another excellent evaluation.


49 posted on 12/18/2012 7:48:43 AM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: GlockThe Vote

I’d bet that someone is scrubbing sites right now.

LLS


50 posted on 12/18/2012 7:49:01 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (A child is born in Bethlehem KING of KINGS)
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