I Just Lost All My Computer Stuff!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Computers & Technology' started by OPC'n, Aug 7, 2009.

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  1. ewenlin

    ewenlin Puritan Board Junior

    I know how you feel Sarah. Lost all my data before though not from a Harddisk failure but rather a theft of my laptop!

    Right now I use Apple's Timecapsule that saves an image of my whole laptop updated every hour. In any event of a laptop crash or theft (God forbid), I can run out to the store get a brand new laptop and have Mac clone everything over.

    But boy was I bummed out that time. Cheer up!
  2. wallingj

    wallingj Puritan Board Freshman

    The online storage plus backups system I use requires 2 usb external drives, and 1 Network Attached Storage box (NAS)box. I take a ton of pictures, since that is my hobby, so I have a lot of large graphic files laying around. Several years ago I thought I might have lost my primary NAS box and all of my pictures. I was able to recover that box, but after that, I have at least three copies of all important files. First storage would be the hard drive of my desktop, those files are copied to the NAS box attached to the home network. Also a copy of the files are copied to an external usb drive. There is another USB drive that needs to be held in a safe deposit box. You should about once a month swap out those drives, make a finally copy of those images to the 2nd USB drive, then you can remove the files from the desktop. The primary file is now on the NAS box. I use MS Sync toy to keep all the three drives in sync with each other.
  3. PointingToChrist

    PointingToChrist Puritan Board Freshman

    Did you ever get your problem fixed?

    By the way, I don't think your hard drive is broken, as you say it no longer works. As others have said, Mac likes to reformat the drive so it can be used with its file system. You'd have to format it again to use the PC type system (don't do this unless you are sure you can go without the data you lost!)
  4. OPC'n

    OPC'n Puritan Board Doctor

    No, I don't know how to fix it.
  5. Quickened

    Quickened Puritan Board Senior

    Did you try using Recuva that i linked to eariler?
  6. OPC'n

    OPC'n Puritan Board Doctor

    oops! No, I went to Canada and have been working 12h shifts since I got back and well have a boat load of other excuses as to why I forgot your suggestion. I'm sort of the "out of sight out of mind" type of person. If ever I don't see a friend for awhile, I forget their name. :) However, since I'm somewhat embarrassed that you caught me in my blond year I'll probably remember.
  7. Quickened

    Quickened Puritan Board Senior


    Well its rather easy to use I am happy to inform. Its just a matter of selecting an option or two and then pressing a button and waiting. I've used it before. Rather good. So hopefully you find success with it!
  8. ReformedTarheel

    ReformedTarheel Puritan Board Freshman

    I'm sorry to hear about that. I wish I could offer you some advice on how to get it back, but I know how frustrating that must be.
  9. Hippo

    Hippo Puritan Board Junior

    USB flash drives are now quite cheap for a 16gb or even 32gb stick, it is always worth backing up key data to one of these as well as a backup to a hard drive as it is much more practical to physically seperate a USB drive from your computers.

    Backing up to a second drive is great but a backup should ideally be held in a seperate location (the benefit of online backups) due to fire, flood and theft risks.
  10. Skyler

    Skyler Puritan Board Graduate

    Point #1: Find a professional data recovery service as recommended above.

    Point #2: Never, ever, ever click a dialog box without reading it and understanding it! ;)
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