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HELP COMPUTER!!!!

Postby EpicLeopard1337 » Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:17 pm

hey all! got a little problem that I hope someone might be able to help me out with.

my laptop is totally on the fritz and is hardly functioning. I want to wipe the hard drive, but would like to save some documents I have from my time as an astrophysics student for sentimental reasons.

I cannot connect to the internet with it, so e-mail is out, it won't recognize flash drives, and it won't burn cd's.

is there anything I can do to save my countless hours of work? or should i just kiss it goodbye and wipe the laptop?
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Re: HELP COMPUTER!!!!

Postby some call me...tim? » Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:34 pm

Hmm, sounds nasty, whatever is going on. Have you tried to do a system restore yet? (I'm assuming its windows?)
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Re: HELP COMPUTER!!!!

Postby iowapat » Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:44 pm

EpicLeopard1337 wrote:...but would like to save some documents I have from my time as an astrophysics student for sentimental reasons


I know that I can't be the only one that read that and thought pron :lol:
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Re: HELP COMPUTER!!!!

Postby some call me...tim? » Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:03 pm

iowapat wrote:
EpicLeopard1337 wrote:...but would like to save some documents I have from my time as an astrophysics student for sentimental reasons


I know that I can't be the only one that read that and thought pron :lol:


:lol: I actually didn't think that at all, but that does make a lot more sense.
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Re: HELP COMPUTER!!!!

Postby Leopard » Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:14 pm

some call me...tim? wrote:
iowapat wrote:
EpicLeopard1337 wrote:...but would like to save some documents I have from my time as an astrophysics student for sentimental reasons


I know that I can't be the only one that read that and thought pron :lol:


:lol: I actually didn't think that at all, but that does make a lot more sense.

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Re: HELP COMPUTER!!!!

Postby keltik » Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:27 pm

pull the hard drive out and use one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6812232002

it basically turns your old HD into an external data drive. you can plug it into a working computer via USB.
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Re: HELP COMPUTER!!!!

Postby Dogma » Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:10 pm

keltik wrote:pull the hard drive out and use one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6812232002

it basically turns your old HD into an external data drive. you can plug it into a working computer via USB.

Exactly. It's a great thing to have around. I have one, so if you want me to do it for you I'd be happy to, but it's totally worth buying.
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Re: HELP COMPUTER!!!!

Postby AciDBatH666 » Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:18 pm

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Re: HELP COMPUTER!!!!

Postby Flipflat » Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:25 pm

Dogma wrote:
keltik wrote:pull the hard drive out and use one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6812232002

it basically turns your old HD into an external data drive. you can plug it into a working computer via USB.

Exactly. It's a great thing to have around. I have one, so if you want me to do it for you I'd be happy to, but it's totally worth buying.


Would that prevent viruses from transferring to a new computer?
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Re: HELP COMPUTER!!!!

Postby keltik » Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:39 pm

Flipflat wrote:
Dogma wrote:
keltik wrote:pull the hard drive out and use one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6812232002

it basically turns your old HD into an external data drive. you can plug it into a working computer via USB.

Exactly. It's a great thing to have around. I have one, so if you want me to do it for you I'd be happy to, but it's totally worth buying.


Would that prevent viruses from transferring to a new computer?


not necessarily which is unfortunate. but maintaining/updating your antivirus software should keep you safe.
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Re: HELP COMPUTER!!!!

Postby Powdertoast » Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:58 pm

Download and burn the latest Ubuntu live CD through another system and see if your laptop can boot with it. If so, you may be able to get the laptop to save files from the hard drive to a USB drive.
Download Ubuntu here: http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

I'm recommending Ubuntu just because I'm used to it and think it's one of the easier distributions for new people to work with. You could also use a Knoppix live CD or some other distribution.
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Re: HELP COMPUTER!!!!

Postby turso » Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:54 pm

Powdertoast wrote:Download and burn the latest Ubuntu live CD through another system and see if your laptop can boot with it. If so, you may be able to get the laptop to save files from the hard drive to a USB drive.
Download Ubuntu here: http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

I'm recommending Ubuntu just because I'm used to it and think it's one of the easier distributions for new people to work with. You could also use a Knoppix live CD or some other distribution.


My vote goes for ubuntu live-cd as well.
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Re: HELP COMPUTER!!!!

Postby jubuttib » Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:56 pm

Either that or another linux live-cd, perhaps a rescue oriented one.
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Re: HELP COMPUTER!!!!

Postby Powdertoast » Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:56 am

jubuttib wrote:Either that or another linux live-cd, perhaps a rescue oriented one.


Yah, Knoppix would be my second choice, but again that's just due to my personal familiarity, not due to experience with a wide range of rescue-oriented Linux distros.

Any update from the OP on whether any of the suggestions so far have worked?
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Re: HELP COMPUTER!!!!

Postby DiscZombie » Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:20 am

you nerds :D
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