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Fatal hard drive error


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So yesterday my lap top hard drive took a crap. My brainiac future son in law diagnosed it. He also ordered me a new hard drive.

I'm now using my tablet... and it's awkward to say the least. He says he will have me going again by Monday.
 


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Yikes. Never had one fail.
I do have a backup drive -- which you just reminded me that I should probably use again ...
 

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Yup, the moral of the story is "Back up your data regularly!" because everything fails eventually.
 

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Ooooh technology.. its awesome until it makes everything a total headache -__-
 

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Hope the new drive is an SSD.
 

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Where you live there in Plano don't you have walk in pc shops to purchase replacement items?
 

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Where you live there in Plano don't you have walk in pc shops to purchase replacement items?

In Illinois during covid lockdown?
 

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People always get it confused...

However I can walk to the Plano molding outlet store and buy me a new tackle box. Fishing isn't nearly as high tech.

I believe it's a SSD... I don't even know what that means... but he said it was far better and it would be faster.
 

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I believe it's a SSD... I don't even know what that means... but he said it was far better and it would be faster.
Yeah, it makes them work just like a tablet.
 

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Oh, ok I see, we don't have quite the dramatic situation here. One can still pick up the phone & order an item & go to the store to pick it up. One just cannot browse inside the store.
 

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Oh, ok I see, we don't have quite the dramatic situation here. One can still pick up the phone & order an item & go to the store to pick it up. One just cannot browse inside the store.
Places to pay a guy $300 to fix a $200 laptop are few and far between though.
 

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Not following you.......purchase the replacement item, not get it repaired.
You threw me off at PC shops, I thought you was talking about getting it fixed.
 

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SSD = solid state drive
HDD = hard disk drive

HDD uses a spinning disc and a moving head to read and write to the disc, these are less expensive and can hold more data
Because they rely on moving parts they have extra failure modes that SSD won't have, but either can fail
In a laptop an SSD would be best because it is often moved around and jolted, lol, and laptops are generally not used to store alot of data

SSD are "chips" like RAM, but can store/hold data without power, these can't store alot of data, but can access the data faster than HDD
A "USB Stick" is an SSD
An HDD can store 4 times the data as an SSD for same cost
In a home PC using an SSD as the primary drive for operating system can be a good choice, and then HHDs as slaves to store data
Laptops can usually only have 1 drive, no room, but SSD is still a better choice

These days you can rent data space from many companies, called "cloud storage", these companies have at least 2 locations that backup your saved data so if its "important" it shouldn't ever be "lost" from any drive failures, damage drives or "stolen" devices
And the "cloud data" is accessible from any internet device anywhere if you have the account info to access it

If you are paranoid about your data being out of your direct control there are encryptions you can use when storing data on "cloud servers", but you do need the decryption key, known only to you, to view that data again.


If you only have a laptop and need more storage space then you can also get portable drives for extra storage of files you don't need all the time, i.e. pictures and videos, these take up the most space, these just plug into USB port on laptop, its like a GIANT USB stick, lol
 
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