Here’s your friendly remind to always, always, always backup your hard drive. British IT professional James Howells mined 7,500 Bitcoin back in 2009 then completely forgot about the stuff. He later threw away the hard drive where he had it all stored sometime last summer. That Bitcoin is now worth about $7.5 million and is sitting somewhere in a landfill the size of a soccer field buried under about 4 feet of trash. Howells is taking it all in stride saying,
“I’m at the point where it’s either laugh about it or cry about it. Why aren’t I out there with a shovel now? I think I’m just resigned to never being able to find it.”
He did create a new Bitcoin wallet asking for help in staging a possible recovery effort and tweeted it out for those looking to help.
@alexhern if anyone wants to donate to my Bitcoin recovery fund… 15JHTg6g4zokAM23vJVcL8DbAAjA4BhsLH – not that I'm expecting anything 🙂
— James Howells (@howelzy) November 27, 2013
Don’t let this happen to you. Backup that hard drive, people!