In "A New Hope" we see Leia recording a message into R2-D2's memory before she sends him down to the surface. Vader's men inspect the computers on the Tantive but find nothing, suggesting that the plans were being physically carried.

So was R2-D2 always the carrier of those plans (e.g. from the point that they were received, onward) or did Leia put the plans into Artoo at the same time she recorded the holo-message?

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Cut-scene from "Lego Star Wars II"

  • Wookieepedia seems to be of the view that what's shown in the above cut-scene is pretty accurate, although has no evidence to back it up! Sep 12, 2015 at 7:21
  • I vaguely remember someone mentioning to Darth Vader that there were some files deleted from the ships computer prior to it being captured by the star destroyer... but have limited time at the moment to look for it. does anyone else recall that?
    – Malachi
    Sep 29, 2015 at 14:49

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We see more in A New Hope. Just as she records the message for R2 she also inserts a small disk/chip into one of his slots. With the plans not being found on the Tantive it was indicated thus that they were transferred onto a physical medium.

With her inserting the object (looked like a card for a card reader) into R2 I always took it that it was the Death Star's plans that were being inserted into R2.

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  • Good find. I completely forgot that scene before.
    – Valorum
    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:37
  • Tnx richard for the edit. I had searched for just that gif but didn't find it on google ^^
    – Thomas
    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:43
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    I just created it using LICEcap screen recorder.
    – Valorum
    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:44
  • That looks more like a disc to me...
    – user11521
    Sep 12, 2015 at 16:04
  • @Michael: It's square. Sep 12, 2015 at 18:39

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