Hey all, i've just suffered a setback. my computer won't turn on. =( if there are any computer experts out there, maybe you could give me a hand. i have probably a total of 10,000 words on different projects that i haven't backed up.us (stupid of me, i know) I have to resort to writing this from my nintendo wii.
Praying for a miracle,
February 7th, 2007, 09:05 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your problems. It's hard to tell what's going on, but it's quite possible that your hard drive still has the data, so your stories aren't necessarily lost. If you're lucky, all that's gone is your power supply.
Have your computer looked at by experts. If you have to get a new mainboard, you'll still be able to use a lot of things from your old computer; hopefully the hard drive's among those things.
Wishing you luck,
February 8th, 2007, 01:12 AM
If its a laptop then the most obvious solution is the power adaptor, I've had to replace mine once already. If a desktop the DS is absolutely right, you haven't necessarily lost anything. It is perfectly feasible to take the hard drive from your dead PC and put it in a different one to retrieve the information. Take a look here for some help.
I don't have anything to add to the suggestions, but I've had computers break down on me twice.
One was my fault in that I spilt some drink into a laptop, and found out the hard way that there is no protective layer, liquid goes straight into the mechanism (which is why I will not now use a laptop - at least with a desktop, the only thing you damage is the keyboard). As luck would have it this was hours before I went on a fortnight's holiday, so I couldn't do anything about it and by the time I got back the hard drive was hopelessly corrupted (it didn't like chardonnay).
The other time my hard drive suffered a mechanical failure and the data was totally lost.
Fortunately I have learned from experience and back up my work, always. My PC has a second hard drive installed onto which I back up work at the end of each session. I also back up most files on a USB pen drive. And when my backup hard drive folder approaches 700MB I copy it all onto a CD. None of which, of course, will do me much good if my house burns down, but I'll have bigger problems to worry about then....
February 8th, 2007, 08:09 AM
Yeah, if it does nothing when you turn it on, then most likely something is wrong in the power supply. It's the most vulnerable hardware in the entire system. Just take it to the local computer shop and have them plug in a different power supply and see what happens.
February 8th, 2007, 11:52 AM
and back your work up :D Whether it's floppy disks, flash drives or external HDD (I use an external so I have everything on my comp covered) they are really cheap at the moment and saves masses of hassle.
March 20th, 2007, 08:17 PM
Rest assured that short of your HD being burned to ashes, information is nearly always retrievable. Even if you have to go to a data recovery specialist and pay plenty of $$$ to do it. That said, it becomes an issue of how expensive it will be to recover the data rather than a question of whether it can be done.
I don't know much about laptops, but if the whole thing just won't start at all maybe it's a power problem more than a HD problem.
March 20th, 2007, 08:39 PM
If it won't turn on at all, there's a good chance it's the power supply. You could take it to a shop, but it's also fairly simple to purchase a replacement power supply and install it yourself, which is what I did when mine died a year or so ago.
March 20th, 2007, 10:20 PM
That's funny. Cuz I just had to buy a new computer as mine was rebooting/freezing and such....and it WAS the hard drive. Thank god I have my writing backed up in about 5 places. If you can't get it working yourself, there are people that can at least take the info off your hard drive for you.
March 21st, 2007, 11:26 AM
Sometimes even if the hard drive wont boot, you may be able to use it as a slave in another system and recover files.
It could just be the OS or boot data that is corrupt.
I have a couple of spare HDD's with just windows on them specifically for this purpose.
There are cheap laptop to desktop hardrive adapters you can get that with allow you to plug laptop drives into desktops.
If your a novice with PC's though, take it to a shop or ask a friend who may be more knowledgable about PCs.