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Post all your Help!/PC problems/Tech queries here..
« on: Apr 11, 2007, 10:20:32 AM »
My laptop harddrive has failed and I need a data recovery expert (local repair place cannot do it).  Can anyone suggest one and any idea of costings? Ta.
« Last Edit: May 17, 2007, 02:42:48 PM by Steel »

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Re: Data Recovery
« Reply #1 on: Apr 11, 2007, 10:35:41 AM »
There are packages you can get on the web to recover your data ... I used "Lost & Found" but this software I think is now obsolete.

"Recover It All" is good ... however you'd have to have some techie nous and do it yourself. 

Check out:
http://www.dtidata.com/recover_it_all.htm

also check the Shareware/Freeware resource (a list of software which ranges from the super duper products which can be epxensive to the less expensive is listed at this link):
http://www.download.com/3120-20_4-0.html?tg=dl-20&qt=data%20recovery&tag=srch

I used to do this sort of thing to "help out" my mates, but as it can be quite time consuming and I have a very busy work & social life :D I will not be the best bet to get it done within a certain timeframe.

Hope this assists you in resolving your problem.

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Re: Data Recovery
« Reply #2 on: Apr 11, 2007, 11:13:38 AM »
Thanks for the info but it won't even start...  :'(

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Re: Data Recovery
« Reply #3 on: Apr 11, 2007, 11:20:44 AM »
Hmm, laptops are a bit more fiddly when it comes to yanking out the innards to repair em.

Did it just die on you, did it have a clicking sound before it died?

If you feel confident in removing the hard drive ( what model lappie you got?) you could try removing it, wrapping it airtight in plastic, and I mean properly airtight - and then slinging it in the freezer for an hour. Sounds odd but it works.

What you would be wanting to do  then, is replace it and try get the data off to either an external hard drive or burn it to CD or DVD - presuming you have any of that for backing up to.

Freezing a dead disk "shrinks" the disk platters enough to give you enough time hopefully to pull the data off.

To be honest though - if you are an average, non-technical person then I wouldn't suggest you do it.

Find another repair place - they should be able to mount the disk inside a working machine and take data off it.

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Re: Data Recovery
« Reply #4 on: Apr 11, 2007, 11:32:39 AM »
Thanks again.... It was fine one minute, then it just died.

The repair place tried to put it onto another machine but it can't read anything. :-\ I am on my 3rd computer in 2 weeks - my work one is in the repair shop too!

I suppose I need more of a specialiest - so far been quoted 400 to see if anything can be saved. I have personal things on it that I would like to rescue.

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Re: Data Recovery
« Reply #5 on: Apr 11, 2007, 11:42:28 AM »
Aaah yeah it sounds buggered.

Sorry to hear of yr loss. I would recommend you get an external hard drive and have a backup schedule to back your stuff up regularly. Doesn't help you now but at least protects you in the future.

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Re: Data Recovery
« Reply #6 on: Apr 14, 2007, 12:15:11 AM »
Sounds like it might be a job for Vogon. http://www.vogon.co.uk/

They are not cheap, but they can recover anything. We use them for comercial data recovery after fire, flood, vandalism etc, etc.

It sounds like they'll need to remove the platters and load them into a specialist housing, in a clean environment of course. i doubt if MicroAnvika or PC World will do that. The data is usually delivered back to you on a zip drive.

 
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PC tech help needed.. will be much appricated
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2007, 11:44:29 AM »
I've had a upgrade disk for windows vista as part of my new computer so I know its compatable, I put it in my pc and said, yes yes yes... it started loading, then wanted to reboot... I said yes...

it rebooted..

then the whole screen went bright blue with a message at the top...

blah blah x00000 something 'Fatal system error' blah x00000 something will shut down now.

so I restarted it, same thing happend...

tried loading it from safe mode... from 'last succesful windows boot'.. from another mode I cant remember now.. oh and safe mode with the command promt...

blue screen of death appears each time... and I can go no futher!

other then wiping it and re installing windows xp media which I have, I am a little lost... oh and dont get me started on my computer companys help desk... I couldn't even get through...

please advise me much appricated...

oh and I would take it to a local pc shop (driving quickly past, without even looking at pc world) but I dont have one bit of legitimate software on it... bit worried I would get in a pickle with that...

thanks..

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Re: PC tech help needed.. will be much appricated
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2007, 11:58:57 AM »
My laptop currently has the same thing and I am wondering if it is a virus which has caused my XP to completely fail as sometimes I can get it to start and it boots far enough to say OS not found. I will be taking mine to a shop for repairs (when I get round to it) so if you have no joy IM me and I'll tell you what the outcome of mine is.
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Re: PC tech help needed.. will be much appricated
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2007, 12:03:27 PM »
We have a thread in the Notice Board for All tech queries. That way they can stay together in one place. I'll merge this with that.

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Re: Post all your Help!/PC problems/Tech queries here..
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2007, 01:02:08 PM »
If you live in the West London area I highly recommend Geek Squad.

My computer had nasty spyware, viruses etc and it wouldn't stay on, kept error messaging and closing.

I called Geek Squad in the afternoon, booked an appointment for the next morning at 10am, they promised that this was an actual time and not an estimate and at 0955 they arrived.

They went through everything they did, explained everything, fixed it all, and I was very happy.

They are great, good knowledge and very friendly.  The benefit of them coming to you is also useful as it means you don't have to send or lug your computer anywhere.

They are new in the UK but have been going in the US for ages, reasonable in price too.  I think a complete overhaul of my computer and external hard drive including everything was about 250.  The price is to do the job and not per hour too, my guy was here from 10am till 2pm and so I think for IT techies that is very reasonable  :D

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Re: Post all your Help!/PC problems/Tech queries here..
« Reply #11 on: Sep 01, 2007, 09:55:54 AM »
In the last couple of days my computer had started getting these annoying pop ups for registry cleaners - you know the ones that look like warning messages but they are really trying to sell you some crap software.

my avg is all up to date and working and I have run ad aware a few times now ...? I had this before but I cant remember what I did to stop it  doh!   :-\
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Re: Post all your Help!/PC problems/Tech queries here..
« Reply #12 on: Sep 01, 2007, 12:06:45 PM »
I need help fixing my Compaq 2700T laptop. Suspected hard drive failure. I am about to buy a replacement hard drive but need someone to install it and do whatever they can to save my files, and reinstall Windows as necessary and basically sort the machine out and do any required clean up.

Happy to pay accordingly, or skill barter, or buy tech gear (or whatever) in exchange. Whatever works.

I'm based in West London but happy to come to you.

Much obliged.

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Re: Post all your Help!/PC problems/Tech queries here..
« Reply #13 on: Sep 04, 2007, 10:41:26 PM »
Can anyone recommend FREE anti spam software that is compatible with Vista?

I have a new laptop and have a firewall & Virus Software.  Apart from anti spam, is there anything else I should be looking out for?

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Re: Post all your Help!/PC problems/Tech queries here..
« Reply #14 on: Sep 04, 2007, 10:48:39 PM »
Can anyone recommend FREE anti spam software that is compatible with Vista?

I have a new laptop and have a firewall & Virus Software.  Apart from anti spam, is there anything else I should be looking out for?

Thanks, C65 :-*



ooooooooook Vista, hmm, you're brave  ;)

Check out http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/utilities/

and scroll down to

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hope this helps

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