April 6, 2007
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I'm not going to start with a lecture about backing up data, because I'm sure after this fiasco Wendy's friend will be backing up his important data from now on, right? This past week we received a lot of sound advice from our fellow members, and many folks here had posted their experience of losing their data and what recovery methods and software utilities they used to recover it--so read up on them. But before that, as many members stated--the first thing you want to tell your friend is to cease, and I mean stop using that computer (unplug it)--as the more he uses it, the more likelihood the data he is trying to recover will get written over and the slimmer the chances of recovery. While I would love for your friend to remain optimistic, there really are no guarantees with recovery software or even with the help of professionals that your data can be recovered, so please read through all the answers and do what you think is feasible and if it's overwhelming, get professional help. Good luck!
I have selected a few potential winning answers for this week's question; please place your votes in the poll for the most helpful answer. And by the way, I've noticed there has been a lot of ballot stuffing in the poll, especially in last week's topic. Please, let's keep this poll honest, and limit your vote to one. Thanks for your contributions each week! Have an awesome weekend!
Member Question of the Week
A friend of mine had his computer genius cousin clean up his
computer--he cleaned it up all right--cleaned everything out
of it including some valuable pictures of past events as well
as current wedding arrangements (invites and everything), not
to mention all his business forms for his business. Is there
anything, I mean, anything I can do to retrieve this lost
information? Or are we pretty much out of luck. Any advice or
available options you can suggest would be great!
Wendy J. of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Previous week's Q&AThe votes are in! Below is the answer voted most helpful by our community to last week's question.
I've gotten very interested in photography to the extent that
I want to use it as a source of income on the side when I
retire. I have all PCs but recently got a demonstration of an
iMac. I was swayed, but need to really research the
differences before I spend that kind of money. I looked at a
24-inch iMac, basically set up for photography, therefore
any Microsoft Office needs would not be an issue for a
computer with such 'big guns'. Should I continue down this
road, or focus back to a PC? I don't want to be crashing
often, and the Mac guys say it won't happen (wrong people to
ask). Need feedback from users to be more confident. Any
guidance would be appreciated.
Chaz, To be honest about this, my PCs (there are seven of them here) lock up or crash about once a year, and I believe that the whole idea that a quality PC is less stable than a Mac is a myth. The marketing side of me loves the "Mac vs. PC" commercials...they are great commercials, well done, funny, and they do a good job of selling Macs...but they...
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