No Data Retrieved From Lanza's Smashed Hard Drive
Effort to do so was ultimately unsuccessful
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2012 1:03 AM CST
Updated Dec 18, 2012 1:55 AM CST
This undated photo circulated by law enforcement shows Adam Lanza.    (AP Photo/NBC News)

(Newser) – A computer found at Adam Lanza's home had been smashed and the hard drive damaged with a hammer or screwdriver, and investigators now say they have been unable to recover data from it that could shed light on the motive for the Connecticut school shooting, reports the New York Times. The computer was among large amounts of evidence seized from the home Lanza shared with his mother as part of a painstaking investigation that is expected to take months, ABC reports.

Experts had earlier told ComputerWorld that the recovery effort would depend on whether Lanza knew enough to break, scratch, or puncture the drive platters. "If the drive's platters aren't smashed they can put them into another drive and read them," the CEO of forensics data recovery firm Kessler International says. "But if he broke the platters, the likelihood of data recovery is slim to none." "It looked like he took steps to damage it—he smashed it," confirmed an official to the Times.

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Banzee Simmons
May 25, 2014 10:24 PM CDT
I think Adam has been lucky enough to get pass this and able to recovery data from his severely broken hard disk... I once has this hard drive which accidentally fell down from 3rd floor to ground and its still kept in cupboard as a piece in antique shop.. I had all my important images and different files stored on it, a collection of my life but they are all inaccessible now. None of the software or data recovery expert was able to give me all I wanted.. Hope to find some solution now...
reallybig
Dec 18, 2012 5:58 PM CST
MY THEORY? --- Adam couldn't "feel" pain, nor "feel" emotions, and tried to inflict pain on himself, as described by some who knew him. --- THINK how Adam must have felt by not "feeling" any pain, fear, hate, happiness, or sadness, etc. -- HE FELT NOTHING -- The curiosity of not having these emotions, led to Adam using a weapon on the women and children, to somehow try to understand what emotions others "felt" (like fear, anger, hate, and death) when being shot and killed, all those things he could never experience. --- The killings by Adam, weren't caused by any of his feelings or emotions, but were caused by his lack of having any feelings and emotions, and trying to understand what was missing in him. -- IF YOU DON'T FEEL ANYTHING, THE DEATHS OF CHILDREN MEAN NOTHING -- Guns didn't cause these deaths, any weapon Adam could have used, would have brought unemotional death to someone. --- Multitude gunshots in the victims mean Adam was trying to understand those "feelings and emotions," and in the end tried one last time, to experience it on himself. --- "DEXTER" on TV, he's that type person. ------- REALLY
793tango
Dec 18, 2012 3:31 PM CST
They still might be able to find out a few things from web sites and searches he did. Might not answer all the questions but could answer some.