A couple notes on hard drives

Nothing major here, but worth noting for anyone who’s read up on the search of the Lanza home.

When the draft of the official report came out last fall, and included an itemized list of hard drive contents, many were understandably confused about how they got that data. Were the authorities able to access the “destroyed” hard drive?  

Unfortunately, no they were not. As of December 2013, the FBI confirmed that they haven’t been able to get anything at all off of that drive. The “smashed hard drive” is/was a 500-gigabyte Seagate Barracuda, while the “hard drive contents” listed on the official report are actually from an external hard drive, a Transcend Storjet 160gb external USB hard drive


(really, it’s a Storejet. Apparently a typo.) 

Since then, I’ve wondered where exactly the drive was in the photos from the Yogananda Drive crime scene. The search warrant lists the location as “shelf in closet in southeast bedroom,” but that actually isn’t very specific once you see the closet:



See it? I didn’t. But it’s there.

See the cardboard box at the very top right? The hard drive is that rounded grey rectangle peeking out from the right side of it.

Given that it’s in that little cranny behind the door and shoved behind a box, there aren’t any great pictures of it, but you can see it best in this one:


Compare that sliver of orange at the top to this product image from Newegg:



…so, there you go.

Side note: while going through photos, I noticed another hard drive. This goes back to my post about the Xbox Live account tied to the Xbox 360 found in the basement. In that post, I said that the investigators could just eject the busted Xbox’s hard drive. Turns out, they can even skip that step:


…the removable hard drive is that grey thing next to the phone, on top of the roll of black tape. There’s no note about it in the official report, so maybe they didn’t recognize what it was. Hope they saved it!


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10 Responses to A couple notes on hard drives

  1. Jason says:

    The hard drive on the 360 will not contain much. At most they will find a couple games, gamertag, friends, and debit card information. I guess they could interview some of the friends, but even if Lanza did play with them, I doubt he said much. Also on the ShockBeyondBelief forum, Lanza stated that he didn’t play video games much. I know he played lots of Combat arms, but maybe he slowed down a bit as he got older. Lanza was into building computers, and computer are a lot more efficient than gaming consoles anyway. So it seems weird that he even had a gaming console. On a side note, that 360 is a first-generation Xbox 360. If he played games recently on that console, I’d imagine he’d upgrade to a more modern console, such as the 360 Slim or 360 Elite. Good finds though in the closet. I just wish they would release the pictures Lanza took of himself holding guns to his head, and with the magazines in his pocket. But I don’t think they will, they probably feel it’s irrelevant and would hurt the families.

    • Reed Coleman says:

      I agree that there’s probably nothing of value to the investigation on the Xbox hard drive. It’s more a matter of procedure. In theory, he could have messaged a friend with a detailed plan of what he was going to do, but as you pointed out, that’s extremely unlikely

  2. zephyranthos says:

    Lmao a slide on the floor? What was this guy–50?

  3. zephyranthos says:

    Btw who has a corded phone any more?

    Seriously, this house is a better match for a family in the ’90s. For all my conviction that the flawed emergency response is likely the #1 issue, this house has never been anything but farcical to me.

  4. zephyranthos says:

    And oh yea–Hack Sign??? Are you fricking kidding me lmfao? Honestly, whoever’s room this is supposed to be–they didn’t actively exist post-2007, approximately.

  5. bobpad says:

    At least he was lifting weights.

    • bryan says:

      I doubt he used those weights. It seems as if his closet is used for storage as well as 85% of the house. Most of the stuff in the closet is his im sure. Zephy are you fucking kidding me? Has it not occured to you that perhaps it is an old phone? Hence why its disconnected in the closet? Duh!!!!!!

  6. bryan says:

    I mean for fuck sakes zephy, my folks still have shit from the 1980’s at our house. Doesnt mean a god damn thing. Please remove your head from between your butt cheeks.

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