Anyone ever had their hard drive crash?

We have two computers - a desktop PC and a laptop. My husband was using the desktop yesterday afternoon. We went out for a few hours, came home, and when we went to use it again last night, it was dead. For no reason whatsoever that we can figure out.

DH seems to think the hard drive is completely screwed and everything we have saved on there - years and years of files, photos, etc. are gone.

Anyone have any experience with this? Were you able to recover anything?


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Several of mine have crashed. Recovering the data depends mostly on what error message you are receiving.

Do you mean it's completely dead? The one time my computer went completely dead and wouldn't do anything, I had to have a new motherboard. The harddrive was fine.
Several of mine have crashed. Recovering the data depends mostly on what error message you are receiving.

Do you mean it's completely dead? The one time my computer went completely dead and wouldn't do anything, I had to have a new motherboard. The harddrive was fine.
Originally Posted by roseannadana
Yeah, completely dead. DH seems convinced that the hard drive is just ruined. I don't know what he's basing that on. It's not scratched or anything, no water damage, etc.


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Several of mine have crashed. Recovering the data depends mostly on what error message you are receiving.

Do you mean it's completely dead? The one time my computer went completely dead and wouldn't do anything, I had to have a new motherboard. The harddrive was fine.
Originally Posted by roseannadana
Yeah, completely dead. DH seems convinced that the hard drive is just ruined. I don't know what he's basing that on. It's not scratched or anything, no water damage, etc.
Originally Posted by bushyhead
No power at all? May be something as simple as needing a new power cord.
Several of mine have crashed. Recovering the data depends mostly on what error message you are receiving.

Do you mean it's completely dead? The one time my computer went completely dead and wouldn't do anything, I had to have a new motherboard. The harddrive was fine.
Originally Posted by roseannadana
Yeah, completely dead. DH seems convinced that the hard drive is just ruined. I don't know what he's basing that on. It's not scratched or anything, no water damage, etc.
Originally Posted by bushyhead
No power at all? May be something as simple as needing a new power cord.
Originally Posted by roseannadana
Or power supply?
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Yeah, completely dead. DH seems convinced that the hard drive is just ruined. I don't know what he's basing that on. It's not scratched or anything, no water damage, etc.
Originally Posted by bushyhead
No power at all? May be something as simple as needing a new power cord.
Originally Posted by roseannadana
Or power supply?
Originally Posted by SydneyCurl
Yep, that's what I meant.
Yes, had this happen to our PC a couple of years ago. I called in the Geek Squad. They tried to help over the phone but couldn't. Came to my house a few days later. Was horrrible not to have a PC for several days; we dont' have a home business or anything but I as almost embarrassed to see how addicted I was to the the internet when I had to go without.

Anyway, ended up being our mother board. Geek Squad didn't even charge us for the house calls -- we didn't even request that -- they said they couldn't do a single thing to help us so were not charging us, just hoped that we bought our new PC from Best Buy (I think they are affiliated?) We did lose many pics. I was sooo upset. Geek Squad told me that there's a service called something like a "forensic backup" where they can try to retrieve pics and files from your computer like they do with certain crime scenes.... for about $500.00 and there was no guarantee they could recover *everything* but you still had to pay that fee, IIRC. So we didn't go that
route.

Now I use an online backup service. Does autobackup weekly. Anything highly confidential like financial spreads we save to disk. We looked into buying one of those external hard drives but never did; they are supposed to be relatively simple, but we just kept putting off that purchase. So I signed up for the online backup service instead; it's not that expensive per year.

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Yes, and I had to do a "hard' recovery (F11 and the factory setup) so I lost everything. I had some stuff on a thumb drive and applications on CD and on download sites, so was able to recover some stuff. But I lost everything on my hard drive. I just bought a freeagent portable drive to do backup. I'm getting sort of antsy.

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I've had my hard drive crash several times. A few of them, everything was really gone. But another time I was able to put the hard drive in a USB external hard drive and recover some info by plugging it into another computer. It all depends on what actually happened to your hard drive.
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I've had my hard drive crash several times. A few of them, everything was really gone. But another time I was able to put the hard drive in a USB external hard drive and recover some info by plugging it into another computer. It all depends on what actually happened to your hard drive.
Originally Posted by k_vssy
k_vssy...when this happened to you, what error message were you getting? When you were able to get your info off your hard drive, do you remember what message you were getting? Was it the dreaded blue screen of death? thanks
Also, do you remember where you got your cable or how you did the transfer process? ty

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We've had a few hard drive crashes at the misspam household. My husband has a nice second income from his home-based software business, so having a hard drive crash can be more than just a pain in the a**; it can be costly as well. We back up all computers nightly to a network drive and we also back up all computers with Mozy online back-up. My husband also has a tool that takes an image of your desktop, files, config, etc. and he does this often so it is much easier to restore should something go horribly wrong.

I would definitely call someone like Geek Squad and they may be able to rescue your data. Best of luck!

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