Years ago, Nemesis dumped a hard disk from a Teradrive and a collection of email messages was found in deleted files. These emails seem to be discussions between the staff involved in selling the Teradrive.
**** FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION ***** To: Mr. Pramote Chokesirikulchai - BEC 3 Cc: Mr. R.Shouno - CSO Mr. Y.Naritomi - SEGA Mr. M.Kabuta - SEGA Fm: B.Oshita - SEGA Phone:03-5461-8351 fax :03-5461-8306 Date : January 14th, 1992. Subject: Re: TERADRIVE Attached please find the parts list with price in yen for TERADRIVE Model 3. For softwares, we offer 55 per cent of the list price regardless of quantity. As you talked over telephone with Naritomi-san, we should go flexible on a warranty periods and conditions although SEGA's are set normally one year here in Japan. We propose the following discount rate in accordance with volume; 0 -299 sets : 55 per cent (184,030) 300-499 sets : 53 per cent (177,338) 500+ sets : 49 per cent (163,954) note : one set includes CPU, Monitor, and Mouse. Because we understand that this prices might make your business difficult to some extent, we have to talk more. Please feel free to ring me, or Naritomi®san, up at any time you need. Best Regards, Bun Oshita.
**** FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION ***** To: Mr Barry Jefrato Cc: Mr T.Komai Mr Hayashi Mr Bitoh Mr Ohta Mr Y.Naritomi Mr T.Endoh Mr M.Kabuta Fm: Bunsuke Oshita Date: 19 July 1991 Dear Jefrato-san, I talked with Komai-san, executive VP,that we will ship you two NTSC Teradrives and approved on the following conditions. 1. Cost will 55% of Retail Price plus shipping/handling charge. 2. Should be paid by Yen. I've heard you shall be here next week. Unfortunately I am leaving for a business trip from Monday through Wednesday, but Naritomi-san,the Directer of PC Dept will meet you on 24th Wednesday. Best Regards, Bun Oshita.
To:Mr Abtani Fm:Mr T.Endo - Sega Enterprises Cc:Mr K.Kanayana - Ado Electronic Industry Mr T.Komai - Sega Enterprises Mr Y.Naritomi - Sega Enterprises Mr B.Oshita - Sega Enterprises Mr Y.Kabuta - Sega Ebteroruses Re:Ado Electronic Dear Mr Abtani, I am delighted to hear from ADO Electronic that you inquired 100 sets of SEGA TERADRIVE computer. I am glad to inform you that ADO is out exclsive agent in the Middle-East countries. So, you may contact ADO Directly. Details of its adress is as follows: Address: 246 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101 Japan Telex: 222-4754 ADOJ Fax: (03)3251-9705 Phone: (03)3251-2630 Thank you, Takaaki Endo. Director, PC Department. Ps. Mr Kanayama says that you have contacted someone in our company and had no reply. Could you let me know more precisely?
Note: only part of this message could be preserved.
st at the end of financial year. SEGA has been involved in litigation in the U.S.A. and currently settled with a plaintiff to pay huge amount of money. Unfortunately, this sudden exposure turned the depreciation, which we expected in the first place, into impossible. As a result, we suffered a loss at the previous transaction and be unable to maintain the price anymore. Therefore we would like to offer you again as follows; Description : TeraDrive Set, which consists of TeraDrive model 3, CRT, Mouse Price : FOB Japan set price 85,000. Premium : We provide you 2 piece of software per set on free up to 200 sets. You can choose any software in our list provided lately. Payment : Advanced Payment by T.T. Distribution : Exclusive -Thailand Area Non-Exclusive -Hongkong,Singapore,Taiwan,Malaysia We are very sorry for troubles which we have given you and hope the above new offer will be acceptable. Best regards,
How were they recovered?
Wait, if the emails had been deleted then how did we get them?
When a file is deleted, what the operating system does is mark the file entry as unused and also free up the clusters it uses. However, it doesn't bother erasing the clusters themselves, because that's a waste of time. This means that the file contents still remain on disk, until new files eventually reclaim the space it uses (the more time passes, the more likely that this happens).
Well, it looks like the space these emails used up was not overwritten, hence why the emails could be "undeleted". It's also why the last email was only partially recovered: part of it had already been overwritten, and what we have here is what was still intact.