United737522 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 2 months 4 hours ago) and read 1379 times:
Last night, I closed to my desktop and flicked the monitor off, but not the computer. I woke this morning and turned the monitor on, but it said it had no signal. I made sure the computer was on and the cord was tight. Nothing happened. I pressed the little restart button. This time I got a image on the monitor. It was checking the RAM in the system, but really slowly until it reached the 384 I have in there. Then this screen popped up and it asked if I wanted to start in safe mode or not. I selected no, figuring it was just a freak thing. The monitor immediatly went black after that. Well, now I was worried, so I restarted by pushing the little button on the tower. This time I selected safe mode. Now a screen comes up with all these lines, all were siimilar, something close to this:
This is as far as I can get. I am frustrated especially since I was going to back up all my pictures last week but never got around to it. If anyone can help me, I would appreciate it. I don't want to lose all my photos and school work. The only I can think that may have caused this is I visited a link in the civil av forum that had some pictures, but was in foreign writing, and it looked awfully suspicious. I am looking for it again now. I wish I could remember.
UA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 13 Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 4 hours ago) and read 1363 times:
I just had my hard drive shit out on me from this 12" Powerbook G4. It was said that my stuff would be recovered for $50 but it turned out my HD was so far out of whack that they were only able to save my music. Thankfully I had backed up all my pictures and never keep any of them on my computer HD. I have learned to just plug my CF card into my computer and throw it directly to my external HD.
Staffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 4 hours ago) and read 1362 times:
First thing I'd do is to physically remove the hard drive and plug it into another computer and copy everything you want to keep onto the working computer's drive. Then move it back and try to fix the OS. If it doesn't work and you need to do a fresh install of the OS you have everything backed up. Of course, if the hard drive is broken there is not much you can do.
Petertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3239 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 4 hours ago) and read 1335 times:
No cause after you copied the files you want to keep you plug the hard drive back into the crashed computer. If you are a bit careful noone notices unless they go anal and inspect every screw for scratches.
Staffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 hours ago) and read 1299 times:
Don't know what the warranty says, but I've opened up all PC's I've had for upgrades etc. If there is some kind of seal that voids an existing warranty if broken I'd call the manufacturer and ask what to do. But I wouldn't feel comfortable trying to fix a pc with a hard drive full of important files without backing them up first.
Edoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 687 posts, RR: 10 Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 hours ago) and read 1279 times:
I had a hard drive crash last Sunday, while surfing the web (not even a suspicious website), resulting in the infamous Blue Screen of Death. The computer rebooted and 'could not find operating system'.
It took a local expert 2 days and he charged me $100 for it. But I have all my data back. He had to plug the disk in another system to get access to it, removed an awful lot of spyware and fixed the OS.
After which I immediately spent the evening writing CD-R's with all my pics and docs...
I can't judge this particular problem, but in case (like me) you haven't backed up stuff, I can just recommend not to touch anything, and seek professional help. Sometimes it is possible to retrieve data from a disk that seems to be completely lost.