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Rob_Che
02-21-2009, 09:52 AM
ok... I'm really scared.

My PC just turned itself off this morning - no reason, just 'pop'

I tried to restart it. It started to load up and the hard drive is making a noise similar to a small jet ready for take off (but with gravel in the turbines)...

It then just says "BOOT failure, please insert BOOT diskette in A then press any key to continue"...

We've established before that I'm designer and not a computer guy. I know NOTHING of this BIOS business and have never entered 'Safe Mode' or know why I would to... HELP!!

Rob

PS: If I lose this hard drive I lose my life's work. No pressure then.

Corrosive
02-21-2009, 10:50 AM
ok... I'm really scared.

My PC just turned itself off this morning - no reason, just 'pop'

I tried to restart it. It started to load up and the hard drive is making a noise similar to a small jet ready for take off (but with gravel in the turbines)...

It then just says "BOOT failure, please insert BOOT diskette in A then press any key to continue"...

We've established before that I'm designer and not a computer guy. I know NOTHING of this BIOS business and have never entered 'Safe Mode' or know why I would to... HELP!!

Rob

PS: If I lose this hard drive I lose my life's work. No pressure then.

Ouch. Sounds like your HD

davidj
02-21-2009, 12:33 PM
Hard drive goosed

it (fingers crossed) could be the power supply feeding the drive but i am trying to make you feel better

and you havnt backed up the drive?

Rob_Che
02-21-2009, 01:13 PM
...and you havnt backed up the drive?

I have not. I'll have to take it to 'a man'.

ballsx1million.

davidj
02-21-2009, 01:22 PM
balls^10000000

Rob_Che
02-21-2009, 01:27 PM
If I lose this drive I genuinely don't know how i will recover professionally. All the portfolio / master PSDs / server login details / client details / passwords / client provided copy and images...

I can't think about it, I'm really scared. Jesus, not to mention the configuration of all those programs.

davidj
02-21-2009, 01:39 PM
you can send it to a recovery service

it may cost a bundle but may be worth it

davidj
02-21-2009, 01:49 PM
http://www.dataphoenix.co.uk/Desktops.html

Rob_Che
02-21-2009, 03:00 PM
Cheers DJ - the PC is now with "a man" what does witchcraft. They don't do data recovery but will diagnose the problem for 25 (they built it)...

The hard drive (if pooped) will go to a sorcerer for data recovery...

http://www.truthdig.com/images/eartothegrounduploads/Bush-fingers_crossed.GIF

davidj
02-21-2009, 03:07 PM
and you will pur-chase a backup solution?

a nice NAS drive

Rob_Che
02-21-2009, 03:13 PM
sound good. whatever it is.

I actually have an external drive - I was in the process of backing stuff up.
THANKFULLY I'd finished backing up my baby photos.

davidj
02-21-2009, 03:40 PM
A NAS drive or NETWORK ATTACHED STORAGE

like an external drive but has the gubbins to manage its own IP.

Hangs off your router / switch

this allows you to access the storage from any location internally or externaly (ftp).

I bought a freecom NAS for 70

you can go bling with additional protection in the form of a RAID device

http://www.freecom.com/productsubs.asp?CatID=8020&sCatID=1146266&s=ja

http://www.drobo.com/

Rob_Che
02-21-2009, 04:50 PM
My wife jst said - "everyone gets a burglar alarm fitted after they get broken into, don't they? It's the same thing"... She's'S 100% correct...first time for everything n all that... ;)

Corrosive
02-21-2009, 06:07 PM
My wife jst said - "everyone gets a burglar alarm fitted after they get broken into, don't they? It's the same thing"... She's'S 100% correct...first time for everything n all that... ;)

I read your post this a.m. and thought 'I haven't backed up my stuff for a while'. So I did it. The same way I'd get a burglar alarm if our neighbours got done. Learning from the mistakes of others is the key.

Feeling sorry for you dude cos that really sucks :( but 'thanks for the reminder' :wink:

edbr
02-23-2009, 02:49 AM
really sucks, in 2 years i ve lost 3 external hard drives,possibly because of ac problems even though i have ups and voltage stabilizers, so notw i keep 2 backups of important stuff, external and another network computer.
hope they recover the data for you

Rob_Che
02-23-2009, 11:16 AM
Cheers Ed... I have EVERYTHING crossed... (painful though)

Rob_Che
03-06-2009, 01:06 PM
I've lost everything...

Corrosive
03-06-2009, 01:23 PM
I've lost everything...

Oh no! That really, really sucks mate. :(

Rob_Che
03-06-2009, 01:43 PM
I'm devastated. Absolutely crushed...

What am I going to do?

Corrosive
03-06-2009, 01:51 PM
I'm devastated. Absolutely crushed...

What am I going to do?

Just spoken to my bro for you and he says that hard drive rebuilds are very expensive and that's about your only option. I'm afraid it's gone.

Rob_Che
03-06-2009, 01:59 PM
The spindle in my drive had seized. They have bought a new drive (from America) and reinstalled my platters in that drive but the media itself is damaged so it's a no go.

OK... fresh start.
I'll make a new post, maybe people would like to mock me up some briefs to work from?

RC

davidj
03-06-2009, 07:43 PM
how much did that cost you?

Rob_Che
03-06-2009, 07:57 PM
To have it investigated?
I had to pay for the new drive to remount the platters which was 60 - they never charged me for data recovery as they were unsuccessful.

davidj
03-06-2009, 07:58 PM
not to bad then

Rob_Che
03-06-2009, 08:19 PM
Nah, I'd rather be 400 lighter right now though...

davidj
03-06-2009, 08:21 PM
that will learn ya

davidj
03-06-2009, 08:22 PM
one way ticket to raid city

mangofreak
03-12-2009, 05:00 PM
Rob Che,

Perhaps this is very late for you but, I had my share of problems and found that the best way to fix those problems is to buy a new hard drive and reinstall windows on it. Than you can install your old hard drive as a second drive. 8 times out of 10 it works that you can recover your data.

You get a new drive that you need anyways and save some money on the data recovery or diagnostics guy.

Connecting a hard drive is very simple. Youtube has tutorials for sure.

Good luck.

Javier

Rob_Che
03-12-2009, 09:49 PM
Cheers Javier - unfortunately the disk wasn't even spinning so this wouldnt have cured it this time...

davidj
03-12-2009, 10:15 PM
pop it in the freezer and try again

ive heard this a couple of times around on my travels and no... It wernt frkn Narnia!

edbr
03-13-2009, 02:00 AM
yes i heard that from creatve insanity, it worked too

Rob_Che
03-13-2009, 05:00 PM
More info - what/why/how?

I hope it doesn't involve defrosting my Ben n Jerrys !

edbr
03-14-2009, 02:30 AM
a night in the freezer ahs odd properties including bringing 'dead 'rechargeable batteries back to life (sometimes) dont know how

davidj
03-14-2009, 11:11 AM
i remember that this is supposed to work on platters which have stopped spinning

you have been diagnosed as terminal so a little bit of home remedy may work

nowt to loose

It wont fix the drive but will offer a few 10's of minutes worth of retreival