Today, I met Someone who owns a computer scrapping business , and while he’s at it, he scans hard drives for old Crypto Wallets
Thought this would be a cool story to share.
I do service work for air conditioning, this new customer of mine needs to replace these Old hack and slash AC units. Pretty decent size business. He scraps electronics. Phones. Computers, separates them for the metals etc.
Hes been in business for 11 years and as of 2018 when the market crashed he decided it was a good idea to tear the mother boards out of comps and save them. As a hobby he scans them for possibly old forgotten wallets or private keys.
I saw his office he works out if. It's just piles of hard drives everywhere and some equipment he can insert hard rives and scan them.
So far he's found a total of 4.1 Bitcoins on 3 different computers and some ETH and other shitcoins. and currently has a wallet he doesn't have the keys too that contains an unknown number of btc.
He said it's pure hobby because the efforts it took to get those bitcoins he barely broke even. Also he doest have the time to scan all of them as so many come in so he showed me this back room that is packed like sardines with hard drives and mother boards .
Probably take him forever and it's getting to the point he's running out of room. That's how much scrap he hauls in but he has this wacky idea of some automated self learning machine that can read hard drives for him.
But who knows. He might stumble across one PK that has $$millions$$ in BTC.