RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
 

Go Back   Montana Owners Club - Keystone Montana 5th Wheel Forum > GENERAL DISCUSSIONS > Sitting around the Campfire
Click Here to Login

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-28-2011, 12:43 PM   #21
loua_loua
Established Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kingsley
Posts: 41
M.O.C. #9330
Send a message via MSN to loua_loua
Hey Exnavydiver: Gail subscribes to Carbonite, an online backup that runs in the background whenever you're connected to the Internet. It costs about $50.00 / year and takes care of all your pics, data, docs etc. Just a thought for the future.
Sorry to hear about your computer crapping the bed. Hope it all works out for you.
Talk to you soon.
Lou A
loua_loua is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2011, 01:54 PM   #22
CORattler
Montana Master
 
CORattler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 3,335
M.O.C. #10496
Excellent advice!!
Since I fix PCs for a living, I don't buy a service plan. I buy nothing but Toshiba laptops and have no complaints about them. I currently have 3 on my home network. Macs?? Well I own a iPad2 now. Does that count?
Best of luck to you with recovering your data.

Quote:
quote:Originally posted by Waynem

Oh my Dave, I do feel your pain.

In the last 4 years I have had one iMac crash, and one PC crash. So yes, it happens, and it is surly frustrating to say the least. Having spent a good deal of my life since 1980 with computers, and working in IT Security at NASA JSC there are some things that I now take for granted. Use eternal hard drives for data. Back up important data to DVD/cd. Keep an eye out for evolving technology that removes some of the older technology from the older computers. Example; floppy drives. I have 5-1/4 and 3-1/2 inch floppy drives that I can plug into the USB port - and they work. Those are just in case I run into any pigeon holed floppies that I need data or information off of.

Just how far one goes on preserving data is up to an individual choice. For programs, every one that I download as a zip, exe, dmg (mac) I put on a CD/DVD media. I make backups of all purchased media. It is easy to replace programs, but data can some times be lost forever if proper steps are not taken.

Now, for your situation. I'm really surprised that the computer did not come with an OEM shrink-wrapped disk. The one that we normally put somewhere for safe keeping and it is safe "forever." I carry mine in my computer case. Also, with Toshiba, the first time you operate it it should ask you if you want to run a program to create a "Recovery Disk Set." It usually takes about 6 DVD/CD's to create this set. With it you can recover any hard disk drive you put into your system by running the recovery software. I have done this with my 3rd Toshiba, and should something happen to it I would buy another Toshiba. The only difference is that I would purchase it from Best Buy, only because of their extended service plans.

Do not despair, YET, with the hard drive that crashed. If you have not done anything like deleting files or reformatting, you data is still there. Typically when a Windows system crashes like that it is only one of the system programs, or just one section of a track that fails on boot up. What you can do:

Buy an inexpensive "enclosure" for your hard drive. They are typically under $40, some higher and some a lot cheaper. You would install your defunct hard drive into the enclosure and plug it into the appropriate slot on your new running computer. Most likely you will be using the USB port. It will act like any other USB device and you can copy and paste all of your data files. You will not be able to copy your program files, unless they are a stand alone .exe program. Anything that had to be "installed," will have parts in the registry that you will not be able to create without in-depth knowledge of how the registry works, and then it is not very productive.

When my Toshiba crashed, I recovered it using the recovery disks, and downloaded the Windows 7 updates. It never exceeded my 5gb download service.

If you need any help, give a holler.
__________________
2010 3150RL
LevelUp, Dual 6 volt batteries, Progressive Industries EMS HW50C, Honda EU2000i Generator, Bridgestone Duravis R250 tires, Torklift Glowstep Revolution Stairs, LED Tail lights
2015 RAM 3500 Laramie SRW LB CC Cummins 6.7L Aisin Trans B&W RVK3600
CORattler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2011, 01:54 PM   #23
JimF
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: anywhere
Posts: 912
M.O.C. #6260
Send a message via ICQ to JimF Send a message via AIM to JimF Send a message via Yahoo to JimF
Dave, now you know where the saying Jesus Saves comes from, you didn't but bet you will know. Have a niece that had the same thing and when I asked here about her backup disks (2d page in new machine start up manuel) she gave me a blank look. So I told here to buy a new laptop, I personally can't help but snicker when someone has this problem and has never made the system disks and doesn't do backup.
JimF is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Oval Office Lock-Out lasater General Discussions about our Montanas 9 03-27-2011 12:57 PM
Sewer hose length and hose support? Wayne and Carolyn Mathews Maintenance 28 06-23-2009 04:36 AM
Black flush hose vs fresh water hose? sgtpp214 General Discussions about our Montanas 26 08-27-2007 07:40 PM
Verizon Mobile Office Chuck and Carol Internet & Cell Phones 12 08-11-2007 03:25 AM
Our Corner Office..... Glenn and Lorraine Additions & Improvements 0 05-26-2004 11:24 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Montana RV, Keystone RV Company or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:27 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×