Make sure You BAck Up Your PC. Learn from me

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2 Nights ago my Laptop finally gave up the struggle. I sensed this was gonna happen so a few days before I went and bought an external hard drive From Iomega and backed up most of my documents and all of my wife's pictures etc. After my Laptop gave up I went and bought a new one yesterday and am now trying to install my stuff on my new laptop but with no avail. I think it never uploaded correctly in the first place or I have no idea how to use this external drive,

Anyways, The most valuable things I have lost is the many many top quality WSO's I had on my old laptop. I had just about all of steven wagenheim's products, Dean Shainin bum marketing, product creation WSO's traffic generation ones and the list goes on. A lot of these products I haven't even read yet and saved it for later when I needed it. The other thing was all of our pictures from when we were travelling the world. Very sad.

Model of the story is learn from me and go back your PC up properly.

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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyPhunk
    I had a similar problem before as well. But now I use online backups to automate backing up of important files. (datadepositbox.com)

    It's important, but a PITA to do (backing up) and I tend to forget to manually back up, so automation has been a blessing for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Giannetti
    Jan.....

    I feel for you.....my hp desktop crashed and I had Nothing backed up......+
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohamed_Mnafeg
    try file recovery software
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  • Profile picture of the author LADWebDesign
    Where did you buy your new laptop? Circuit City has a free service where they will transfer all of your files from your old computer - even if the computer has "died". They just swap out the hard drive and place it into a working computer, then they upload the files to your new computer.

    I bought a new Mac at a Mac store, and they did the same thing for me.

    Go back to the store where you bought the computer and see if they will transfer the files for you.

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    • Profile picture of the author jan roos
      Originally Posted by LADWebDesign View Post

      Where did you buy your new laptop? Circuit City has a free service where they will transfer all of your files from your old computer - even if the computer has "died". They just swap out the hard drive and place it into a working computer, then they upload the files to your new computer.

      I bought a new Mac at a Mac store, and they did the same thing for me.

      Go back to the store where you bought the computer and see if they will transfer the files for you.

      Linda
      Good Idea, My laptop was infected with spyware etc or atleast that's what windows kept telling me even though I did a full spyware scan and repaired everything. If they transfer my files wouldn't they then also transfer the virus or spyware that caused the crash in the first place or can they transfer selected files? I bought from bestbuy hopefully they can do it.

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    • Profile picture of the author TheVCF
      This is a mistake many people, and even Large Corporations make in their Disaster Recovery Plans! ...

      Yes! #1 Backup All of your computers and important data, etc. Regularly!

      ... And ...

      #2 TEST the Backup! => Make sure you can recover using this backup!

      what good is a backup that is corrupt, incomplete and/or you can't restore?

      I hope this helps and Have a Happy Halloween!

      - Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Johnson
    Jan,

    Did your laptop physically die or did Windows just stop booting up? There may still be ways to rescue all of your files...

    Matt
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    • Profile picture of the author jan roos
      Originally Posted by Matt Johnson View Post

      Jan,

      Did your laptop physically die or did Windows just stop booting up? There may still be ways to rescue all of your files...

      Matt
      The laptop turns on but windows doesnt boot up it just shows a blank page.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Johnson
    Download a Linux Live CD (they're free).

    It's an entire Linux operating system that runs from a CD. No changes at all will be made to your system and you won't be able to screw anything up.

    You'll be able to access all of your files and transfer them to your external drive

    I've done this several times in the past to rescue files when Windows has gotten messed up and it's worked everytime as long as the hardrive isn't physically damaged.

    Here's two popular ones:

    KNOPPIX Linux Live CD
    Ubuntu Home Page | Ubuntu

    If you go with Ubuntu, they have a huge user community that will be able to help you if you have any problems:

    Ubuntu Forums

    Good luck!

    Matt
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    • Profile picture of the author Jenni Mac
      Getting your data off a laptop that has died is a great idea, IF they can get it off!

      This happened to me about a month ago and they ran the various recovery programmes for 2 days and nothing! They couldn't get anything off.

      Some stuff I had on my pen drive, but not a whole heap - WSO, eBooks I'd written. 10 days after getting my new drive installed, my pen drive got fried and I lost that too!

      I look at it this way, I'm still here, I'm still running my business and whatever I've lost I didn't really need.
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  • Profile picture of the author Internet Stores
    Yes..I totally agree...we must make sure to back up everything and often! I especially since I am using a laptop. I often get "lazy" and don't actually back up as often as I should. Although, I do have an external hard drive for back up. I should be backing up more!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Nguyen
    Yeh, it's really important to backup your data.
    I have copies of my data on my laptop, pc, and 2 USB flash drives.
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