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Laptop f...ed up

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Ray, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. Ray

    Ray Active Member

    My laptop had been acting weird for a few weeks, didn't pay much attention to it. Today, while playing a YouTube video, the screen flickered and something started to smell like it was burning, a few seconds later, the laptop died.

    Unfortunately, I don't have any important documents backed up. :( I'm guessing the hard drive is fine(replaced it a few months ago). Anyway, I was wondering if you guys know what's the best way to recover these files. All my login details are stored in that hard drive and reseting them all is gonna be a pain in the *#&^@. :mad:
  2. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

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  3. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    With online backups either cheap or free .... there is no excuse to not backup.
    2 Gigs of backups free ... www.dropbox.com - they will even do 30 days of file versioning for free.
    My suggestion is that you put your important documents in your dropbox, and your less important files elsewhere.

    Hard Drives are designed to die.
    They always do.
    It's just a matter of time.
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  4. Fufu

    Fufu Well-Known Member

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  5. Vincent

    Vincent Well-Known Member

    Tried an External Monitor, or does it just not start up? :(
  6. Brett Peters

    Brett Peters Well-Known Member

    I agree with Fufu, Very handy indeed

  7. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Hope the Hard drive is OK.
    If it's not clicking it should be OK.

    It might be just the power supply.
    Not sure about laptops, but in desktops, Power Supplies frequently die, and often smell of burning.
  8. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    What I would do is first get the HDD out and copy it, then if the laptop is out of warranty open it and look for burned parts. But beware most PC laptops are hard to repair and taking them apart is easier than putting them back together ;)

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