Man who trashed his hard drive with 7,500 bitcoins tries new plan to get it back
Man who trashed his hard drive with 7,500 bitcoins tries new plan to get it back By Editor DailyBitcoin Editor

Engineer has a plan to recover your bitcoins using X-Ray scanning and Artificial Intelligence.


Remember the man in Wales who mistakenly threw a hard drive with 7,500 bitcoins in it into the trash can

? Well, at the beginning of 2021 we tell how the British citizen has made a thousand attempts to try to recover that fortune lodged in the municipal landfill.

The original story went like this: in 2013, a man from the city of Newport, Wales, UK, named James Howells, mistakenly threw a hard drive with Bitcoin on it into the landfill instead of another old device he wanted to get rid of. It contained the key to his wallet, which housed 7,500 BTC, currently worth USD $244 million, according to CryptoMercados


Since then, the man, who is a 35-year-old IT engineer, has been trying to recover them. After many times asking for help from the City Council, in January of this year, he asked the agency for permission to search the city dump for the device. He offered the municipality – if they let him explore in the landfill – 25 percent, of the Bitcoin value in the form of relief funds for city residents affected by COVID-19. But he got a negative response, given that it would be going through 300,000 to 400,000 tons of waste: “The cost of digging up the landfill, storing and treating the waste could run into millions of pounds, with no guarantee of finding it or that it’s still in operation,”

the City replied to him.

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New plan

But it didn’t convince him: now he’s back in the ring, still focused on his goal and shared with The Sun

publication his new 12-month plan to search the city’s landfill using X-ray scanning devices and artificial intelligence technology.

“This would be a proper search, not just someone going in with a bucket and spade,”

he said, adding:

We have a system with multiple conveyor belts, X-ray scanning devices and an artificial intelligence scanning device that would be able to recognize items that are similar in size and density to the hard drive.

“This would be a delicate search because we wouldn’t want to damage the hard drive in the process; you can’t just use it to scan the hard drive,” he said.ence a hook,” he emphasized. “We’ve been talking to excavation experts and proper engineers to make sure everything is being done correctly and in an environmentally safe way.”

Howells added that for the past four or five months, he had been “talking to some of the best data recovery experts in the world to make sure we can get it off the hard drive.”

The search will be expensive, he acknowledged, but Howell said his plan is backed by a deep-pocketed hedge fund willing to cover the cost of the search and the equipment involved in exchange for most of his fortune.

Howells believes his hard drive is in an area of 200 square metres and could be 15 metres deep according to aerial photographs of the site. The IT engineer said:

We estimate there is between 300,000 and 400,000 tonnes of debris to go through.

However, despite this plan, according to reports the engineer still does not have the relevant permits from Newport City Council, which has not changed its position since January.

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Sources: The Sun, and archive


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