Computer Crash

On Monday night, my poor baby EEE PC Netbook suffered a crash!  I’ve had it since May of 2009, and it’s served me very well.  I bought it for a very reasonable price (around $350) and it was portable enough to use everywhere from college libraries to European train cars.

Recently, it’s been  heating more and more, and on Monday, it automatically shut down.  I don’t know what caused this crash, as I was only using one window of Google Chrome, with only a few tabs of not-too-demanding websites.  Hmmmm.  Anyway, now I’m only able to get to the DOS boot screen.  Tech Support was helpful (Asus is a great little company that has real people behind the phone system), and gave me the keystrokes I’ll need to reinstall windows from the boot screen (as I don’t have an optical disc drive).

However, not all of my files have been backed up.  The last update I did onto my external drive was a couple of months ago, and my latest photos and files aren’t neatly backed up.  I’d have to salvage them from Facebook or get unedited photos that are still on my camera.  Anyway, I’m going to see if I can use my budding computer-know-how to take out the hard drive and, using an adapter, move my files onto my desktop.  The techie guy at Staples told me what I need to buy: some sort of an adapter to connect my hard drive to an external computer.  Of course, I’ll look for help from the guys at Radio Shack (or, at worst, Best Buy) where I’ll buy the adapter as to how I actually do all of this.  Wish me good luck!  And if you can give me any words of advice or instruction, please do.  Thanks!

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5 responses to “Computer Crash

  1. Oh no!! I’m so sorry to hear that! I hope you can recover all of your files!!
    We had to get some important files from the ancient church laptop and the only way to do it was to ask a tech guy to remove the hard drive and put it into an external hard drive case. I wish I could help you but I can only send my condolences. Good luck!!

  2. Thanks Esther. I’m trying to follow the same course of action, and some of my NJ friends are helping me via cyberspace (when was the last time you heard the word “cyberspace”? haha) I’ll keep you updated.

  3. Teehee, “cyberspace” ;D
    I hope you were able to rescue your files!!

  4. I got the hard drive enclosure in the mail yesterday, but I’ll wait until I can deal with it slowly next week.

  5. Ahh, I see. Best wishes! I hope it’s not a stress-inducing task!

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