Sorry! My puter's been in the shop!

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Sorry! My puter's been in the shop!
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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 4:33pm

My browser—Id just downloaded IE8—suddenly wouldn't load! My last time online was March 1st, the computer had worked fine

 

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Thu, 03-10-2011 - 12:36pm
Liz, that really stinks! I'm sorry that you lost all your data. I hope you're able to get your settings back to where they're more familiar. $150 to run a back up seems really steep!!

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Fri, 03-11-2011 - 2:00am

Oh no, I hope that you didn't lose anything important or irreplaceable. It sounds like you have the software for your programs, but you have to reload everything?

You might want to look into an external hard drive. I got the basic kind that I periodically back up all of the data "manually" in that I have to hook it up via a cable and click a command. My dh has a fancier more expensive one that is always hooked up to his computer and it automatically backs things up...I don't know if its everyday or twice a week or what but it is programmed to do it without him commanding it. I started doing it a couple of years ago when I was having problems with my (previous) computer which sometimes wouldn't start. Eventually it completely died (the motherboard was fried) and when I got a new one I just connected the HD to the computer and about an hour later everything including my old emails was on the new one, it was great! Anyway you can get a basic external HD for not too much $$, the price goes up with the amount of data that it holds. I got mine at Costco and they sell them at Staples etc.

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Fri, 03-11-2011 - 12:58pm

Thanks for your words of support, Jen! I've downloaded Google Chrome as a browser, and spending time trying to get used to it. My external wireless modem does not recognize the computer for some reason, so I had to hook up to it directly with a short ethernet cord, so now my laptop is a 'desktop'! grrrrr....it's always something, isn't it?

 

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Fri, 03-11-2011 - 2:27pm
Liz, I'm sending you an e-mail.

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Tue, 03-15-2011 - 3:14pm

Thanks, Jen! I'll go looking for it, providing I can find my way to that email account! Yikes! I've never been so lost! HUGGS....

 

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Tue, 03-15-2011 - 3:34pm

Well......guess what, hon! Sitting right beside me, in it's own sealed packing box, is a 500GB external hard drive that has never been opened and installed on the puter! ::blush:: Am I ever dumb or what? I bought it last fall at an electronics store for $49.00, down from $79, and stupid me, I didn't bother to unpack it, plug it in and do a full backup! 500gigs should hold a ton of memory, for I do not store photos on my puter, or any other heavy files. I'm working on that project today, got it registered, and presently trying to work out some sort of glitch to get this job done once and for all! However, with a 'practically blank' hard drive, there won't be much to back up....

What I'm really aiming for is loading 389 pictures on my XD card in my digital camera so I do not lose them. The first XD card I put in it completely formatted itself after the 99th picture was taken, and I don't ever want to have that happen again! There was no way to stop the formatting process, for actually, the camera was new and I didn't realize what was happening! grrrrr.... It was not an Olympus XD card, so I chalked it up to that. So far, the camera has accepted all these images, so wish me luck as I get this figured out today, loaded into that hard drive, and hopefully, sorted out into categories later on!

 

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