My PC hard drive is fried

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  • #71631

    The Wizard of OS
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    @thewizardofos

    I lost all my passwords. Was on a temp PC for 2 days. Even though we have a surge/spike protector, when the lights flashed off and on my hard drive locked up. I’m up and running on a NEW PC now.

  • #71671

    Enthusiast
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    @enthusiast

    Sorry for the loss of your hard drive.

    I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

    Me

  • #71682

    Dudester
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    @dudester

    Steve, that sucks.

    You can still salvage data from your old hard drive by buying an external hard drive case and putting the old hard drive on. Chances are, it’s the Master Boot Record that got screwed up with the surges, but the remaining data should remain intact.

    I’d suggest Microcenter, but I don’t think  there’s one in Omaha. Closest one’s in south Denver (where I live)..

    But you can order through the website or from Amazon.. https://www.microcenter.com/

     

  • #71685

    rampart
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    @rampart

    me too.my power supply died under similar circumstances.

    i’m running a new cheap hp that is barely functional without my Microsoft office and autocad lite. your hard drive may not be beyond repair. remove the hard drive from your old computer and connect it to a usb port on the new one …….

    Startech.com USB 3.0 To 2.5in SATA HDD Adapter Cable

  • #71692

    Dudester
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    @dudester

    Careful. His SATA could be 3.5inch – he didn’t say it was a laptop or a desktop…

  • #71736

    Babel 17
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    @babel17

    Do you mean your whole PC locked up, as in it won’t boot? If so then you might try just removing the CMOS battery (a wrist watch battery) for a few seconds, then putting it back in. That should reset your bios.

    But before that try booting into your BIOS/UEFI. To do that find out what key you need to hold down when starting the PC from a powered off state. It could be the Del key, or F10, or something similar. Once in the BIOS you might be able to see if your HD is showing as existing. And from there you could try restoring your factory default settings, so you wouldn’t have to muck about trying to remove the CMOS battery.

    If you install Windows on a separate HD in that PC then you might be able to read from your former C: drive.

    I keep another Windows drive for disasters like this. It’s a clone of my drive. I also keep a RAR file that’s encrypted with a password as a container for my passwords, and I have copies of it on my backup drives. I too have lost my passwords in the past, but most sites allow you to reset theirs simply by having them email you with a reset link. Time consuming, but not too bad once you get into the swing of it.

     

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  • #71738

    Babel 17
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    @babel17

    On your current PC Windows will allow you to construct a rescue USB thumb drive (or CD, but they’re slow). IIRC you can use that to boot into safe mode, and perform other tasks. I’m not sure if Windows 10 still can be forced into safe mode from a cold boot without such a rescue device. I think just holding down F8 used to do the trick.

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