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Old 06-23-2010, 06:58 AM   #1
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Default Need help - Wife broke my computer

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.

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Old 06-23-2010, 07:20 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 06-23-2010, 07:28 AM   #3
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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.
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Yep hard drive - Like Garcia said you might even get your data if your are lucky.
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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).
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:40 AM   #6
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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.
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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.
Especially during draft week end
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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....
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ARP spoofing on your personal network? Come on now....
Yeah, I never knew retired people were so good with computers.
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If someone connected to your wireless network...yes.
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I am not retired.
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I am not retired.
I'm talking about the American Association of Retired People... oh I guess that's AARP spoofing, never mind.
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i'm talking about the american association of retired people... Oh i guess that's aarp spoofing, never mind.
lmao.
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Especially during draft week end
I mean in retrospect it was a justified response.
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It sounds like porn killed your HD.
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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.
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I thought the first thing to do was to beat the wife.
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Was it the Lelie pick


Did you say as your puter sailed out the window



....But we could of had Ed Reed.
Pretty much.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Have you tried antifreeze?
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Wives can get pissed when you look at porn!
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If someone connected to your wireless network...yes.
Can they do this when you have WEP encryption? And if so, how?
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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.
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