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Laptop in crisis

May 27th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Yes, my laptop's hard drive has died, and nothing was backed up. I lost all my financial records, that I kept for quite a few years, my tax stuff, my novel, pictures. My fault; I knew better. When I pick up my laptop, with its new drive, I will also get a flash drive and mend my slackard, lazy ways.

In other news, I got a refund of $75 from my insurance company for an overpayment to my doctor. It went to the dental fund.

10 Responses to “Laptop in crisis”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Darn...that isn't good news. I also know better, but haven't done any backup either. The flash drive seems like the quickest and simplest way.

  2. englishteacher Says:

    Ouch. I'm sorry to hear that. A flash drive is one way to go, but you may want to consider an external hard drive. A 250gb external hard drive may start around $50.

  3. Broken Arrow Says:

    Wow, sorry to hear that.

    So.. how important is recovering data on it? How "dead" is it?

    Some hard drives might still be recoverable, depending on the nature of the failure.

  4. Amber Says:

    I am sorry to hear that. Mine crashed about 2 weeks ago and the repair guy brought it back up and running. But to be honest I think he ripped me off. Because I get the same error message and plus the screen goes black when I power up, the same problem as before. What I found out was I have some sort of a shortage, when I move the top part up and down the screen comes on. But I did buy a passport the other day and have loaded everything. Because I have a feeling that the screen may not power back up

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Quelle coincidence! We can't get onto our laptop either. We're going to try data recovery software, but if it doesn't work, bye-bye iPod libraries, hundreds of photos not saved elsewhere, etc. We're getting an external drive whether or not we recover our data. Lesson learned, if a little too late.

  6. nance Says:

    Same thing happened to me in November. It is really frustrating. Fortunately, I printed things I had written that were important to me.

  7. Broken Arrow Says:

    A word about external hard drives:

    First of all, great idea. I have one too.

    If it's used to back up, I highly recommend storing it in a protective case of some kind that can cushion against drops and impacts. In the end, it's still a hard drive, and it's as still as fragile as any other hard drives.

    Also, all of my personal data that I want to back up is always located in one folder. That way, you can simply drag and drop that one folder into your external hard drive when you want it backed up. (For windows, "My Documents" should do it.) Easy peasy.

  8. baselle Says:

    {{HUGS}}
    I'm going through a laptop repair myself. I have most things on a flash drive - everything except my Paris pictures. Sigh. The financials are on a flash drive with a password on it. The only thing worse than losing your data to the hard drive gods is losing it to a wicked human being.

  9. Carolina Bound Says:

    Thanks to everyone for your concern. I've got my laptop back, and I'm on it right now. Just finished installing all the programs.

    No, none of my data is recoverable, unless I want to send off the hard drive to some computer genie who will charge $1600.

    I did not get either a flash drive or an external drive yet. I am so broke right now. My plan -- until I can afford one -- is to save my documents as attachments in emails to myself -- my email is Yahoo. And I'll save my pictures on Walgreen.com. or on a CD.

    Right now I have nothing to save, so it seems easy!

  10. Amber Says:

    Yikes mine just crashed Frown when I power up the LCD is black I have to play with it until it comes up. So today I bought one. I bought a hard drive (external) this weekend

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