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Old 01-06-2008, 20:43   #1 (permalink)
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I woke up one morning and there was a black screen with white letters saying press F1 or F2 so I did and heard only clicking from the hard drive on my computer...yikes! The worst happened; hard drive failed, shop could not recover anything from it. All...all my photos are gone. Except for the cd's I've made for family and friends of family gathering, everything. Even after my brother badgered me for years to do something abut backing up my files, bless his heart. I'll live of course, but it is devastating to have it all gone. Not too late for my wife's computer...ordered an external 500gb drive and Acronis software to preserve her educational and published data and keep it backed up. Will do the same for mine when restarted. So, all this to say hope you don't ever have to learn this lesson. Peace, and keep on doing what your doing , and BACK IT UP!
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Old 01-06-2008, 21:08   #2 (permalink)
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Aghhhh! Sounds dire! Maybe not life threatening but a major pain all the same!
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Old 01-06-2008, 21:15   #3 (permalink)
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Bad news - sorry to hear of your woes.

If you're running Windows, you could download the MS SyncToy and get it to do regular backups to an external drive. Acronis True Image is good for complete disk images, but you may prefer to backup data files just by copying them to the external drive. That way you can easily transfer them to another machine if you want.
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Old 01-06-2008, 22:35   #4 (permalink)
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I did this last year, i had a backup on the network but my Husbands PC died shortly after. i now have 3 lot of backups lol
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Old 01-06-2008, 22:58   #5 (permalink)
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Bad news - sorry to hear of your woes.

If you're running Windows, you could download the MS SyncToy and get it to do regular backups to an external drive. Acronis True Image is good for complete disk images, but you may prefer to backup data files just by copying them to the external drive. That way you can easily transfer them to another machine if you want.
Id just like to thank you paul, for some weeks now my back-up software for my maxtor one touch hasnt been working, so seeing this thread ive just downloaded Ms synctoy and configured it , and it works fine thank you
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Old 01-06-2008, 23:34   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you friends for your understanding and compassion. Also for the good word on MSsynctoy for windows. I'll be looking for that. Have a great week.
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Pleased to have been of some help.

My problem is having so many backups on different drives, machines and operating systems that I'm never sure which is the latest version.
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Old 02-06-2008, 03:17   #8 (permalink)
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You sound like my brother, Silkstone. I have all I can handle with just my computer and my wifes. One of these days I'll have learned something hopefully, more than to just get by.
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That's really tough luck and a hard way to learn the lesson.

Regular backups here. Copied to a dedicated network drive and burned onto DVD.
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Depending on the sentimental and monetary value of your data, it may be worth looking toward data recovery specialists, they can extract the data directly from the platters within.

Can be quite expensive though!
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You sound like my brother, Silkstone. I have all I can handle with just my computer and my wifes. One of these days I'll have learned something hopefully, more than to just get by.
If your two PC are networked you have a good set up. Just back up from one PC to the other. If they are not networked it is not difficult to do.
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I would get hold of your old old hard drive and definitely consider data recovery. You may need to go to a specialist but it may be worth it.

There are only two types of hard drives on this planet:-

a. Those that have failed.
b. Those that are going to fail.

We have had several hard drive failures in my family but have always had the computers networked and backed up on each other. I have used Acronis which is particuarly well suited to image back ups of the operating system drive. My last computers main drive failed due to a variety of faults no less than 8 times in its last 6 months but the Acronis recovery work fine each time (my data was on a different drive and backed up elsewhere).

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Speaking of backups - my hubby recently spilled red wine onto his laptop - that made use look at the backup strategies - he has an external hard drive but no regular backup strategy. His crucial files are business records and fortunately his book-keeper took a back-up copy only a couple of days before but I think I'll check out this MS SyncToy as well.

Good news was - Dell Laptop seems to like red wine and PC shop says it's OK. Phew! But of course I expect it will deteriorate quicker than it would have.

And yes - did a full backup of my files PLUS to DVD .....getting more paranoid by the day!
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SoulSurfer it's sad to hear it. But could you tell me what did they do in the shop? I'm asking because I know few tricks. And what happend to this hard drive - is it not starting completly, the hard drive motor is broken? Or do you hear that it's trying to spin? I'm not giving you any hope at the moment - just tell me what do you hear and generally more details about how it looks. You could PM me if you want. If it's just boot sector that is broken we could still recover your data. If there are some more bad sectors on your hard drive - it's still possible to recover data. But if it's dead completly then there is chance but only with specialist (some hard drive recovery company). Your data is still there - that is for sure. It's on those magnetic discs. If hard drive motor is working it should be possible to recover data and I'm eable to tell you how (or at least we could try).
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