- Hard drive
crash? Data can sometimes still be recovered. Many services offer
a free analysis to see whether or not the problem is fixable. Fees can
be expensive - running $800-$1200. CBL Data Recovery Technologies will
sometimes recover data for students & nonprofit groups in exchange
for a T-shirt w/their logo on it. 800-551-3917. (no affiliation -
I read this in a magazine).
- Another data
recovery service - for Compact Flash cards, SmartMedia, and
Data Recovery is another company that provides Global data recovery
services for hard disk & hard drive recovery for any operating system.
Authorized by all major hard drive manufacturers, has a Class 100 Clean
- Data Recovery Group - someone unaffiliated wrote me to say they used them & were very happy.
- Online help.
If it's happened to your computer, chances are it happened to someone
else. Check out CNET's help page
Information (like how to remove annoying << characters from
- Today's Windows
- Bart's Boot
Disks - boot disks for every occassion
stealthily while at work or download
sound effects so it sounds like you're madly typing
for older versions of software?
Keep your computer
in top shape. You should scan your disk once a week, and defrag once
a month. Browser cache should only be 10% of your hard drive.
How to: Delete
old files (including browser cache), empty trash and then restart your
computer. Then click on 'start,'
select 'Programs,' 'Accessories,'
'System Tools.' Then pick
either 'scandisk' (to check
your hard drive) or 'disk defragmenter'
(to make your hard drive more efficient).
It's a good idea
to do scandisk first. Both utilities may take several hours depending
on when you last ran it and how large your hard drive is. Make sure no
programs are running. I usually restart my computer at the end of the
day, then run defrag and leave it on overnight. (Make sure you're not
hooked up to the internet for such a long time unless you have a firewall.)