We have compiled a list of data storage brands and vendors from which Kroll Ontrack has recovered data from over the years, and stuck them all into a cryptic seaside image (click on the image to make it larger).
There are 50 brands and vendors in the image above, each sell or create some type of data storage technology. They could be:
- Hard drive or other data storage manufacturers
- Operating systems
Now, in order to keep things interesting, we have picked brands & vendors who are still in the market today, plus some who have gone the way of the dodo. In order to get started, we’ve given you the first five brands below – can you spot what their clues are in the image?
You’ll be able to find the remaining 45 brands somewhere on within these sources (some brands may be in more than one source):
- Hard drive manufacturers
- Computer hardware manufacturers
- Computer storage companies
- Hypervisor vendors
- Microsoft products
- Apple products
- This article
Update – 31/08/2016
We’ve received some feedback that perhaps searching through seven different sources for clues to then find in an image is perhaps a little too time-consuming. So in order to make it quicker, but not too easy, we have listed 75 clues here in alphabetical order – 50 are in the cryptic image and 25 are red herrings. Good luck!
What do you win?
We’ve set up a page where you can submit your answers. Just head there, fill out the form with what brand or vendor you think each clue is and we’ll respond via email to let you know if you’re successful or not.
If you’re in the first three people to join the 50 club and guess all clues correctly, then we’ll send you a £100 Amazon voucher!
The next 10 people to guess all 50 brands correctly will receive a Bluetooth® speaker.
Social media bonus round
Of course, what sort of competition these days doesn’t have some sort of social media incentive? Well, we’ll give 3 Bluetooth® speakers to three random people who share either the cryptic image itself or a link to this page with the hashtag #CrypticData between now and 30 September 2016. And yes, each time you share it, it will count as an entry – the more shares, the more chances to win!
We’re assuming you’ll want some more clues…
We’ll be putting out clues periodically via our social media channels. In particular Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. So just follow us on each of those networks to get additional clues. In addition, we’ll provide summaries of past clues in our newsletter, so subscribe for your best chance of winning.