Help! Laptop hard drive has failed

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  1. bourkem

    bourkem Legal Eagle

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    Thanks again, have taken to data recovery specialist recommended by a client and they managed to convince me they really know their shit. So hopefully will get the legal stuff back - really my own fault to think a 14 month old laptop didn't need backing up. Won't do that again.

    Cheers.
     
  2. Cal

    Cal Hotshot
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    Out of 130 Macs at work we've had 10 failures, higher percentage than our PC fleet by a margin. Having said that, they're just HDDs, and I'd still have one at home for music purposes, I'd just keep all my important stuff in a couple of other places.
     
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  3. Bimbo

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    OMG like wot is happening to ths forum n stuff....?

    ....three days and still no one has said "TRADE IT IN"....... :)
     
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  4. harrydiculous

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    The price above (approx $400) is about right for a quick turnaround.

    I usually replace the laptop every three years because that's about how long the HDD lasts. Having said that, my current one is 4 & a half years old because the hard drive failed right on schedule and I needed it back immediatley.

    Anyway, I now have two Remote Hard Drives. One is used for the Windows back up which I schedule avery week and another I just back up the data I choose using synctoy 2.1. This Synctoy copies the data exactly so in the event of failure or loss all I need to do is plug it into another computer and away I go again straight away. (Provided that the programs to run the data are installed).

    After the failure last year paranoia set in and in addition to he above I also use Skydrive as suggested above. This contains all private data and is copied to a thumb drive that I hide. There's nothing identifiable on my machine that leads to me so if the machine is lost or stolen, I just buy another (fairly) confident that there is no private data on it that can provide anything; bank details, address, tax stuff etc all on Skydrive & the hidden thumb drive.

    There is one problem with this last skydrive bit is that it won't let you synchronise with anything other than a computer so you have to manually change with the thumb drive. It does give me much peace of mind, though.
     
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  5. mikedufty

    mikedufty New Member

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    yes, that was pretty silly.
    I had someone come into my office last week all offended that their precious files kept on a free promotional thumbdrive they had picked up somewhere were lost when it failed without warning. Not sure what sort of warning they expected, an oil leak? smoke?

    The nice thing about keeping stuff digitally is it is so easy to keep multiple automatic backups, but it does require thinking of it before something breaks.
     
  6. Davo

    Davo Corner Whore

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    I think the Hard Disk is glued in on the retina mac books..good luck if that fucker fails!
     
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