How to find & extract 'Observatory crash site' hard drive in DMZ

How to find & extract 'Observatory crash site' hard drive in DMZ
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Written by 

Coleman Hamstead


24th May 2023 17:04

Locating and securing a missing hard drive is the primary objective of one of the DMZ Faction Missions for the White Lotus. This primer contains step-by-step instructions on how to find and extract the hard drive near the crash site in DMZ.

Where is the hard drive near the Observatory crash site?

The crash site in question is at Zaya Observatory in Al Mazrah. At the south-most end of Zaya Observatory, near the E6 coordinates, there is a winding dirt road leading up to the observatory. On the side of the road, you will find a burning car flipped upside down, indicating that you have arrived at the crash site.

Look for the hard drive underneath the overturned burning car at the south-most end of Zaya Observatory.
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Underneath the blistering automobile sits an Ashika security hard drive. Only one of these hard drives spawns each match of DMZ, so if you're not the first player to visit the crash site, it might not be there. If this is the case, you must either find and eliminate the player that holds the hard drive or boot up a fresh instance of Al Mazrah and try again.

How to extract the hard drive near the Observatory crash site

With the hard drive secured, make your way toward an exfil point and call in a helicopter. Safely escape in the chopper with the hard drive on your person to complete the second step of the Break Check Faction Mission. 

Finding the hard drive is only the first step. You must also extract the hard drive from Al Mazrah and drop it in the Waterways dead drop on Ashika Island.
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After escaping Al Mazrah with the hard drive, the final objective tasks you with traveling to Ashika Island and dropping the hard drive off in the MW2 DMZ Waterways dead drop. Leave the hard drive in the Waterways dead drop to complete the Break Check Mission for the White Lotus Faction. 

This multi-step DMZ Faction Mission is a tough one, as its objectives require you to venture to Al Mazrah and Ashika Island. Furthermore, if you die at any point, you must start the mission over again from the beginning. With that, follow the instructions outlined in this guide carefully to find and extract the hard drive near the crash site in DMZ and impress the White Lotus.

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The Waterways dead drop is right next to the secret bunker on Ashika Island.

Coleman Hamstead
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Coleman Hamstead
Coleman is a freelance journalist at GGRecon. While gaming has always been his passion, it wasn’t until he worked as a Sports Journalist at the Community College of Baltimore County that he found his enthusiasm for writing. In the time since Coleman has had his work featured in publications such as The Washington Post/Launcher and ESTNN. Coleman is a graduate of Towson University with a degree in Sport Management and Business Administration.
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