James Howells, a computer engineer, is known in the cryptocurrency world for having unfortunately dumped his hard drive containing 7500 bitcoins. Lost in 2013, the man has since been trying to find the trace of the storage device. More than 7 years later, he decided to call on experts from NASA and in data recovery to help him with the task.
Since Bitcoin exploded, recording a record peak of $69,000 in November 2021, there have been countless unfortunate stories of miners having lost their Wallet password or their hard drive containing a small fortune. James Howells, a computer engineer, is one of his unlucky ones.
His story is well known in the cryptocurrency community. In 2013, he held on a hard drive no less than 7500 Bitcoins that he had mined it himself with his PC. At the time, BTC was still in its infancy and its price was far from high. During a major spring cleaning, he accidentally throws away the precious hard drive, which he says is now in a Newport landfill, South Wales.
The town hall remains silent on the complaints of James Howells
For 7 years now, James Howells tries in vain to obtain permission from the municipality to search the landfill from top to bottom. All in hopes of getting their hands on the storage device. The computer scientist’s arguments were not enough to convince the town hall, even though he promised to bequeath them a quarter of the recovered fortune. It must be said that its content is worth today the trifle of 454 million dollars.
And at a time when many analysts claim that Bitcoin could exceed $100,000 in 2022, the value of the hard drive could easily reach the 800-900 million dollars. “The hard drive could be worth a billion dollars and doing nothing would show the city council’s incompetence.” he assures in the columns of the British site Metro.
He asks NASA engineers to help him
In his quest to find the device, James Howells enlisted the services of data recovery specialists and NASA engineers, who notably worked on the Colombia shuttle disaster. “They were able to recover data from a shuttle that exploded and they don’t seem to think looking in a dump will be a problem.” he explains.
With this team, the engineer hopes to be able to bend the municipality. Only, she is worried about having to bear the excavation costs, especially if the research does not lead to anything. On this point, the engineer assures to cover all expenses. “I’m asking them for a three month feasibility study so we can sit down and lay out our plans and they can raise their concerns and we can address them, but they don’t want to give me that.” he laments.
According to James Howells, the operations should last between 9 and 12 months and they would be assisted by specially developed AI technology. After studying aerial photographs of the landfill, the engineer believes that the hard drive is in an area of 200 m2, to which we must add 15 meters of depth.
Source: Metro UK