reply to post by Noinoi
First things first, BUY AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE RELATIVELY CHEAP COMPARED TO USB STORAGE DEVICES ETC, AND THEY WILL SAVE YOU SO
MUCH TIME AND PAIN IN THE LONG RUN, MAYBE NOT NOW, BUT AT SOME POINT, TOMORROW, NEXT WEEK, 2020, THE END OF THE WORLD, WHATEVER JUST GET ONE.
Sorry about the caps, but yeah, put all your stuff on to the external hdd. I don't know if we're allowed to post retail links on ats, but if we are
let me know and I'll look in to aus pricing for you. Over here you can get 2TB for £60 at sale price.
One more thing, the only thing in your case that stores data is the hard drive, a small metallic rectangle that might look like this:
I'd just like to point out btw that I might be completely wrong here, I'm just offering you my anecdotal advice based on my past experience with
It depends, it's not that big of a deal really, it's only the power supply, if you take it out before it blows you won't lose any data. You have to
connect it to ~4 points in the case depending on your motherboard/number of hard drives/video card etc, it's a simple component to install.
The only problem is that prebuilt computers tend to have the power cables stuck right down on the non-removable side of the case - you have to remove
almost everything to get to it, which again is simple enough if you're used to it, but for a first timer I wouldn't recommend disassembling and
reassembling a computer loaded with valuable documents.
From what you've said, my only two hardware suspicions would be your power supply and motherboard, which I believe you've called a hard drive in your
OP. It could be software related, but it's unlikely. Still, it's best to rule that out before you go tinkering with a working system.
Would you describe yourself as tech savvy? If so, I'd advise looking in to ubuntu and installing it along side
your windows installation, then
trying to run that for a while and see if you have the same problems. Note: don't do this if you don't feel up to it. If you choose the wrong
installation options you will lose your data. It might be recoverable but it'll be more hassle than meeting your ex-girlfriend at your wedding.
If you try the above option and it works, hey presto! If you don't want to or it doesn't work the next step is running a defrag/analysis on your hdd
to make sure it's still working.
Edit: changed the last line, got ahead of myself a bit and nearly missed one of the most important steps.
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