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    Aaaaah, my main PC died. And it took my most precious stuff with it...

    It happened for the 2nd time in 2 years. My main PC is dead. Deceased. And it went down with Checkdisk targeting the most important of 10 partitions (the one with my work and stuff) and doing an amount of damage that can't even be assessed at this time.

    Funny how things coincide. I need the damn thing during summer to get some private projects done. I have no money to get it fixed. I don't want to lose all my private photos and work of many years. I hope at least some of my backups survived. Sigh, I had planned to back up the rest to portable media soon....

    Looks like a good time for taking a walk and look at the things people are doing without PCs.

    Why am I writing this? I think I need a pat on the back.

    All the best to you and good luck with your hardware.
    Greetings from Vienna!
    Peter
    My website: Above the staff.net

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    Re: Aaaaah, my main PC died. And it took my most precious stuff with it...

    Big sympathy, musicpete.

    Perhaps a timely reminder to us all to back up, back up and back up again!
    Until I had an obscene amount of hard disc space I backed up onto CD very regularly, every day if I was paying for a session singer or instrumentalist. Now I tend to back up onto a spare drive...when I remember. My blood is running cold when i think of what I could lose... I'm off to back up!!
    I hope you can recover most of it - you might be luckier than you think!

    regards


    barrie

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    Re: Aaaaah, my main PC died. And it took my most precious stuff with it...

    I am very sorry to hear it. I too hope you can recover most of it.

    A few years ago as I was just becoming interested in composing music, one of our computers was zapped during a storm (two televisions were lost as well). Everything disappeared, including a lot of music I was writing, as well as some of my programming projects. It's no fun at all when this sort of thing happens! I really hope you are more fortunate than I am and are able to recover your work.

    and I still hardly ever backup anything...
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
    My MP3s | My Melody Generator | my album
    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

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    Re: Aaaaah, my main PC died. And it took my most precious stuff with it...

    Did you try a software like Restorer2002 (I didn't try another) ?
    I restored many important files from a physicaly broken hard disk : 2 pins removed when I changed the IDE cable !!!

    I worked on a software and my only backup was too old. So, now all is back

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    Re: Aaaaah, my main PC died. And it took my most precious stuff with it...

    I feel your pain.

    I was once a victim of Dreaded "Click" Syndrome ( the sound a hard drive makes when it dies)

    In my case I was unable to retrieve the data. But there are Data recovery companies out there that can try to recover your info.
    An option if it's worth the price.

    Today, I back everything up on external USB drives.. (worth the price!)


    ~Jeff

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    Re: Aaaaah, my main PC died. And it took my most precious stuff with it...

    I'm sorry for writing some lines in german!

    Hallo Peter,

    schrecklich davon zu hören. Das Einzige was ich dir jetzt mit der defekten Festplatte empfehlen möchte ist sie nicht mehr anzurühren! Opfere lieber die Zeit und such dir Datenrettungsleute, die ihr Handwerk verstehen. Vielleicht hast du Glück und es wird nicht ganz so teuer. Wovon ich zunächst abraten würde, wäre der Gang in den nächsten PC-Laden: Ich kenne Leute die sich Computer-Fachmann schimpfen, aber eigentlich keine sind.

    Ich wünsche dir jedenfalls sehr viel Erfolg bei der Wiederherstellung deiner Daten.

    O.k., stop talking in german!

    Best regards

    Kai

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    Re: Aaaaah, my main PC died. And it took my most precious stuff with it...

    I will talk to our IT tech teacher at school. He has recovered many a hard drives data in similar cases. I cannot promise you but I will talk to him and see if he can either help or advise.
    I too regularly back up my work on CD or DVD. I feel for you.
    Styxx

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    Re: Aaaaah, my main PC died. And it took my most precious stuff with it...

    Quote Originally Posted by musicpete
    It happened for the 2nd time in 2 years. My main PC is dead. Deceased. And it went down with Checkdisk targeting the most important of 10 partitions (the one with my work and stuff) and doing an amount of damage that can't even be assessed at this time.
    It is highly likely that all is not lost! HIGHLY LIKELY!!

    You did not mention what operating system, or even what file system, but if we assume that you are using a reasonably modern operating system and file system then there are tools that mere mortals can (a) afford, and (b) use to recover files from a disk that has stopped working in the manner that we would like it to work.

    I have done this on several ocassions, and only once have I not been able to recover the large majority of files. And in that case I suspect that a recovery lab could have recovered quite a bit, but I had sufficient backups back then, and didn't need to recover.

    This past spring my wife's computer overheated to the point that it stopped working. When I plugged the disk into another computer various tools reported over 60% of the physical sectors were damaged and unreadable. In the end I was able to recover all of our family photos, all of our financial records, and all my daughters school work. (Please don't ask why this stuff wasn't backed up, it is a very painful memory<G>!)

    This is a bit of an unusual case for a lot of reasons, and we did get lucky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I just want to let you know that all is not necesarilly lost. I've recovered data from disks that would not spin, and even from a disk that I dropped a screw onto the electronics while it was operating (another "please don't ask" moment)

    I suspect the details are far enough off topic that we should continue this offline, but I will be happy to help you figure this out. Contact me via email when you are ready to tackle the project. Total cost to you (assuming you have another computer handy or can get this one repaired) is probably in the $100 ballpark for software and a new drive.

    While I don't want to discourage anyone from proper backup practices, when something goes wrong it is often possible to recover the data anyway.

    Bill

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    Re: Aaaaah, my main PC died. And it took my most precious stuff with it...

    Freely translated from the German (above)



    "Awful thing to hear. The only thing I recommend for you is not to touch the dead hard drive. Let the data rescue specialists take care of it. Perhaps you will be lucky and it won't be too expensive. Next I would suggest to get the PC shop. I know people cuss about the technicians, but it's not so bad.

    In any case, I wish you much success in your data recovery."

    I concur, let the data recovery specialists handle it, even if you must wait for the cost to be less painful. Don't attempt to use the computer until a technician has made sure that no further damage has been done or will be done. Then is the time to recover the data and replace the drive. There is a very good chance that most, even all, of your data is there, waiting to be retrieved.

    My usual broken record speech> Data backup on separate, external usb drive. Backup often, whenever you make a change that would be painful to lose! If you can afford it, also have a separate backup drive for operating system and applications. Mainly, remember that it is easier to replace an operating system than to recover or reconstruct data.

    Richard

    I just realized that the initiator of this thread and the person with the problem is a native speaker of German. Well, the English speakers will get the message also now, and the German speakers can correct me if I missed the point seriously. It has been many years since I have had need to speak German, although I read a German language newspaper now and then.
    Last edited by rwayland; 07-05-2006 at 11:50 PM. Reason: oops!

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    Now's your chance to leave the dark side and embrace an Apple . . .

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