Retrieving Important Data from an 'Unreadable' Hard Drive
(Minghui.org) A practitioner gave me a hard drive to repair. It contained the names of many people who had agreed to resign from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. The information had not yet been uploaded to the “Quit the CCP” website.
Because of operational errors and its full encryption, the hard drive could not be read. The practitioner asked for my help to retrieve the information.
A year ago, another practitioner had the same problem and asked me to help. I did not think too much about it, resolved the problem quickly, and managed to retrieve information on more than one thousand people.
This time, however, it was much more difficult. I tried several computers with different motherboards and different methods of connecting them, but the hard drive just did not work. After various tests, I thought that it might be a problem with the control board on the hard drive. I tried soldering, short-circuiting, and reinstalling the operating system, but nothing worked. The hard drive did not even show up, not to mention the encrypted information.
Retrieving information from a hard drive is normally quite expensive. The magnetic head or other components might need to be replaced. However, since some critical information was saved on the hard drive, I could not take it to a computer shop. The encryption made it even more difficult to retrieve the data.
After a week of searching online for solutions, I still could not resolve the problem.
After having tried everything I knew and feeling quite hopeless, a righteous thought surfaced in my mind: “I am a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple. I must reject the arrangements by the old forces. I am capable of retrieving the names of the people who want to resign from the CCP.”
After sending forth righteous thoughts, an idea and an image showed up in my mind. I realized immediately that the idea came from Master because similar things had happened before. The rough idea was to cut a wire between the computer and the hard drive while the power was on, then update the system setup.
People who know computer hardware were amazed by this idea, wondering how this approach could fix a damaged hard drive. However, that did fix it! The encrypted area was unlocked, and the normal interface came up again.
At that moment, the weather outside my house changed dramatically. The sky turned dark, and the wind whipped up. Other practitioners and I looked out and saw many colorful things falling from the sky. I heard the neighbors downstairs screaming, “What's happening?”
Minutes later, everything was back to normal, and the weather turned nice again.
I copied all the files from the recovered hard drive to another drive. The files for the people who wanted to quit the CCP were retrieved—48 names.
In addition, I was able to retrieve other files for another practitioner. When I had finished the repair, I thanked Master for his help and support. Because we were sloppy, careless, and irresponsible, we almost failed to save 48 people. However, Master forgave my negligence, gave these people a bright future, and made it possible for us not to leave any regrets.
“When I practiced cultivation in the past, many great masters told me these words, and they said: ‘When it’s difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it’s impossible to do, you can do it.’ In fact, that is how it is. Why don’t you give it a try when you return home. When you are overcoming a real hardship or tribulation, you try it. When it is difficult to endure, try to endure it. When it looks impossible and is said to be impossible, give it a try and see if it is possible. If you can actually do it, you will indeed find: ‘After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead!’” (Zhuan Falun)
“When disciples have ample righteous thoughtsMaster has the power to turn back the tide” (“The Master-Disciple Bond” from Hong Yin Vol. II)
“Disciple: Some practitioners helped ordinary people to withdraw from the CCP’s three organizations and came up with aliases for them but weren’t able to get the aliases posted on The Epoch Times’s website for the three withdrawals in a timely manner. Over the past year or so a backlog of several thousand aliases has built up.
Master: Let me remind you that you can’t neglect to help people withdraw from the Party. This is something critical! It determines whether people and the countless lives behind them will be saved. You need to treat this with all due sincerity. I should add that divine beings are keeping count of how many people have withdrawn from the Party, so don’t underestimate its significance.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the New York Fa Conference Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Dafa’s Spreading”)
From the above experience, I realized that many practitioners are still not serious enough when helping people quit the CCP. As a Dafa practitioner during the Fa-rectification period, our responsibility is to assist Master in the Fa-rectification and save sentient beings. How can we be so careless about this major task?
Here, I want to remind all Dafa practitioners to send the lists of people who want to quit the CCP to the Epoch Times in a timely manner and make a backup. Don’t be taken advantage of by the old forces, and don't leave regrets in our cultivation!