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That One Guy
06-23-2010, 06:58 AM
Need the resident expert's opinion on this before I go digging in. I left my laptop on the bed the other night to go check on my son and the wife kicked it off the bed. When I picked it up, it was still fine with nothing appearing cracked or broken so I was happy. Then when I started clicking stuff, it basically couldn't load anything new and just kept making a "tick tick" sound. The things that were already loaded were still there and while it would try to switch windows, nothing would load up. It basically froze with each new window. I did a hard shutdown and tried to load up again and I can hear the fan engage as usual but it just keeps doing that tick tick.

Any ideas? My first thought was HD but wanted to make sure. Also, if it is the HD, is there any trick to getting the stuff off it? There's a couple years of stuff on that one and it'd be nice to save what I can.

Thanks everyone for your time

Garcia Bronco
06-23-2010, 07:20 AM
95 percent sure it's a bad hard drive. First...stop using it. Take it to some place that can replace the hard drive and copy off data from the broken hard drive.

That's it.

Worst case senario you lose your data. For future mitigation get an external HDD or large thumb drive and keep a backup of your data.

They would take the drive out of the laptop and use a particular type of cable and copy yhe data off there. Before you take it in write down where your data that you must absolutely have will be. That HDD isn't going to make it too far.

bowtown
06-23-2010, 07:28 AM
Your hard drive is done. Just cross your fingers and pray that it's not too badly bruised and they can recover some stuff off of it without sending it to a recovery lab... those cost mucho dollars.

baja
06-23-2010, 07:30 AM
Yep hard drive - Like Garcia said you might even get your data if your are lucky.

That One Guy
06-23-2010, 07:34 AM
Well, the main thing is pictures and hopefully the wife has most of them backed up. Mainly just wanted it backed up as a precaution incase I realize down the road that I did want something and didn't know it.

Thanks for the info though, it was my suspicion as well and I have a HD laying around so it wont be too big an issue. I'll just have to figure out how to get replacement disks since everything was run off the HD (reinstallation wise).

Garcia Bronco
06-23-2010, 07:40 AM
Two things I don't do in my house. I don't leave machines connected to the net when not in use and I keep all data on an external HDD that is only in use when it's needed. This is a side bar but I think it helps keep you data less exposed to theft.

Wanna be scared? Look up ARP spoofing.

baja
06-23-2010, 07:54 AM
Two things I don't do in my house. I don't leave machines connected to the net when not in use and <b>I keep all data on an external HDD that is only in use when it's needed.</b> This is a side bar but I think it helps keep you data less exposed to theft.

Wanna be scared? Look up ARP spoofing.

Especially during draft week end ;D

mr007
06-23-2010, 08:10 AM
Two things I don't do in my house. I don't leave machines connected to the net when not in use and I keep all data on an external HDD that is only in use when it's needed. This is a side bar but I think it helps keep you data less exposed to theft.

Wanna be scared? Look up ARP spoofing.

ARP spoofing on your personal network? Come on now....

bowtown
06-23-2010, 08:16 AM
ARP spoofing on your personal network? Come on now....

Yeah, I never knew retired people were so good with computers.

Garcia Bronco
06-23-2010, 08:24 AM
ARP spoofing on your personal network? Come on now....

If someone connected to your wireless network...yes.

Garcia Bronco
06-23-2010, 08:25 AM
Yeah, I never knew retired people were so good with computers.

I am not retired.

bowtown
06-23-2010, 08:31 AM
I am not retired.

I'm talking about the American Association of Retired People... oh I guess that's AARP spoofing, never mind.

Garcia Bronco
06-23-2010, 08:33 AM
i'm talking about the american association of retired people... Oh i guess that's aarp spoofing, never mind.

lmao.

Garcia Bronco
06-23-2010, 08:34 AM
Especially during draft week end ;D

I mean in retrospect it was a justified response. :)

Los Broncos
06-23-2010, 08:35 AM
It sounds like porn killed your HD.

baja
06-23-2010, 08:40 AM
I mean in retrospect it was a justified response. :)

Was it the Lelie pick


Did you say as your puter sailed out the window



....But we could of had Ed Reed.

baja
06-23-2010, 08:41 AM
It sounds like porn killed your HD.

I thought the first thing to do was to beat the wife.

Garcia Bronco
06-23-2010, 08:57 AM
Was it the Lelie pick


Did you say as your puter sailed out the window



....But we could of had Ed Reed.

Pretty much.

gunns
06-23-2010, 09:11 AM
Was it the Lelie pick


Did you say as your puter sailed out the window



....But we could of had Ed Reed.

No, that was only me according to Herc and whenever one of you says THAT you are only referring to me, again according to Herc, because, I guess according to Herc, I'm the only Bronco fan that was dumb enough to be upset about that pick and think if we hadn't taken Lelie we would have taken Reed, according to Herc.

baja
06-23-2010, 10:32 AM
No, that was only me according to Herc and whenever one of you says THAT you are only referring to me, again according to Herc, because, I guess according to Herc, I'm the only Bronco fan that was dumb enough to be upset about that pick and think if we hadn't taken Lelie we would have taken Reed, according to Herc.

Do you think we would have taken Reed if we had passed on Lelie?

I think it was between Lelie and the receiver GB (Javon Walker) took on the next pick.

mr007
06-23-2010, 11:31 AM
If someone connected to your wireless network...yes.

And what the hell are they going to spoof? There's plenty of methods to secure your wireless network and alert you if anyone gets on it. That is probably the least of your worries.

Taco John
06-23-2010, 11:33 AM
Have you tried antifreeze?

Cool Breeze
06-23-2010, 11:34 AM
Wives can get pissed when you look at porn!

Irish Stout
06-23-2010, 11:36 AM
If someone connected to your wireless network...yes.

Can they do this when you have WEP encryption? And if so, how?

mr007
06-23-2010, 12:00 PM
Can they do this when you have WEP encryption? And if so, how?

WEP encryption is pretty easily broken. If someone did break into your wireless network and truly wanted to be malicious, it honestly wouldn't make any sense to perform ARP spoofing. The best they could do is act as your default gateway and sniff your traffic, but it's a wireless network.... you can do that anyway. The only advantage ARP spoofing would give you is if you were smart enough to decrypt SSL sessions on your box, but anyone with half a brain would notice you're doing it because the security certificate wouldn't match.

If someone gets on your wireless network and wants to cause you harm, they would do everything and anything to get a piece of software on your computer that logs keystrokes.

enjolras
06-23-2010, 01:55 PM
Put the drive in the freezer for a couple of hours...then try it. If the heads aren't completely broken this will often give you a chance to at least pull some stuff of it. As it warms up it will fail again....put it back in the freezer and repeat.

It's an old sys-admin trick.

That One Guy
06-23-2010, 03:34 PM
Awesome. It's in the freezer now. Now, I dug through bins and found my old backup drive. It had the OS installed on it so this is the only step in my not having to contact dell to resurrect it. The bad news - it has its own tone. I found a website that had sounds and it seems to be the Western Digital stuck spindle siren. Is there a secret to that one? Thanks again, really hoping the freezer trick comes through. Very much appreciated.

JPEZ
06-23-2010, 04:12 PM
Wives can get pissed when you look at porn!

Something you've experienced, right!

That One Guy
06-23-2010, 04:31 PM
I didn't get caught looking at porn, I don't think.

gunns
06-23-2010, 09:42 PM
Do you think we would have taken Reed if we had passed on Lelie?

I think it was between Lelie and the receiver GB (Javon Walker) took on the next pick.

Unfortunately, knowing Shanahan, that probably was the alternative. And yes I do think we should have taken Reed. I think the safety position was one of the most neglected and probably a huge reason we struggled against Indy in those famous games.

MO OrangeCrush
06-23-2010, 09:43 PM
This actually saved me! Couldn't believe it worked. I think we had to put it in the freezer four times before we recovered all the data.
GOOD LUCK

kappys
06-23-2010, 10:33 PM
Any advice on hacking a Windows 2007 key?

My problem is the motherboard - Hard drive is fully functional. So I plugged it in to another PC expecting no problems retreiving some files I want from it but they want that Windows key. I can't find it anywhere so am I screwed or is there some other way to finagle a key. I really prefer not having to pay to access info on a perfectly good hard drive.

That One Guy
06-23-2010, 10:36 PM
Any advice on hacking a Windows 2007 key?

My problem is the motherboard - Hard drive is fully functional. So I plugged it in to another PC expecting no problems retreiving some files I want from it but they want that Windows key. I can't find it anywhere so am I screwed or is there some other way to finagle a key. I really prefer not having to pay to access info on a perfectly good hard drive.

Windows 2007? Is that office 2007? Did I miss an entire OS or does that refer to something particular?