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Computer dead, lost only a couple pages of a new rewrite.

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by SeverinR, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. T.Allen.Smith

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    I always manually move the working file over to Dropbox at the end of each writing session. It takes ten seconds to do so.
     
  2. SeverinR

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    Tried to look up dropbox, Sugar sync, or just cloud, won't let me access them on my work computers.
     
  3. SeverinR

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    Downloaded Drop box,
    didn't play with it though.
    Almost forgot, so I downloaded it, made sure it loaded properly, tonight I will do the tutorial and mess with it.

    Probably can't move my work, since the computer I am using is old and has no MS office program. Not sure if I downloaded the files onto the computer then "dropped" them if they would still be workable word documents or not.
     
  4. Cleio

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    Google drive is an alternative to Dropbox as well now.

    Dropbox saved my PhD dissertation on more than one occasion. I've never relied on it exclusively though. I also used to email regular drafts to myself, and had various copies on my husbands computer as well as at least to external hard drives. There is no such thing as being to paranoid about keeping your work backed up.
     
  5. SeverinR

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    Might be able to reload OS and get my computer working.
    Sounds like the virus wipes the OS.

    Will not use AVG again.
     
  6. Aosto

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    If the OS isn't a total loss, you may be able to access the underlying file system access any important data. It would involve obtaining a live cd of your favorite linux system. (I use Backtrack personally) and mounting the OS within linux.

    But if it destroyed the OS, then i'm not sure if you can get to the files.
     
  7. SeverinR

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    Don't really care about the lost stuff, like I said, most of it was backed up.
    So if replacing the OS works I would be happy.
    Much rather have two working computers rather then two worthless decorations on the desk.

    Of course, I have to find a OS to load, and most computers don't come with those anymore.

    "Just click on reset factory settings" reboot. That might work if there was anything left in the computer to reboot with.
     
  8. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    Yeah, this works great if you do want access to the files on the drive. I use Crunchbang Linux, and I've used the liveCD to save files for other people on numerous occasions.
     
  9. SeverinR

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    My brother got me a Linux OS dvd, would not load. When I get a working computer I am strongly considering going Linux.
     
  10. Aosto

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    I use a WUBI install of Ubuntu, I didn't want to get rid of Windows just yet, but I haven't booted to it for a few weeks. Also, i'm way to lazy to get my wife's pictures off of windows.
    If the DVD didn't boot, make sure your BIOS settings are set to boot from CD/DVD drives. LiveCD's are easier to boot from most of the time, but you can also try a USB boot, but that requires additional mucking with the BIOS settings.
     
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  11. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    Aosto....if you don't like Unity you can install Cinnamon on Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10. Works great. Just an FYI.
     
  12. Aosto

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    I've been thinking about it. The program bar takes up to much real estate, even on my 22''. As someone who does 3D design, screen real estate is a must.
     
  13. Steerpike

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    You can autohide it if you like. Cinnamon runs a bit faster on my older computer so I went with it. I like it.
     
  14. SeverinR

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    Will any of the data sites mentioned work with Linux?
    Crunchbag I see works.
     
  15. Aosto

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    A quick search turns up that Dropbox does have a linux option. I haven't personally tried it. Note, however, that Ubuntu does have it's ubuntu one service, free, allowing 5GB of cloud storage. You can automatically upload folders to it, I use it in conjunction with Google Drive and Dropbox.
     
  16. Steerpike

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    Crunchbang has a script you can run from their menu that will automatically install Dropbox. It is a good, fast linux distribution with a minimal desktop environment (OpenBox). For Ubuntu and other related distributions, you can download Dropbox from the Software Center and it will go through the installation for you. It also works well. I prefer it to Ubuntu One because I can more readily sync across various devices and platforms.
     
  17. SeverinR

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    just to update,
    Removed hard drive and ran several of the programs on LInux Cd,
    loaded to a point then stopped, some to a blank screen, some ended with error.

    I assume the virus made changes outside the hard drive.
    Definately going Linux with next computer.
     
  18. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    Severin:

    What Linux distribution did you use? Once booted into Linux you can just access files and copy them. You don't need to run any programs.
     
  19. SeverinR

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    Never booted up.
    My brother(the Linux lover) bought a magazine with the disc in it.
    I will try to write down the linux cd name. Might be on over the weekend, if not won't be back to a computer until monday.
     
  20. Steerpike

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    OK, feel free to share if you like. It's up to you. I can probably recommend a distro that will boot if your computer is set to boot from CD. Sometimes you have to bring up a boot menu or go into the BIOS and make sure the CD drive is set as one of the boot options, or it will simply never try to read the disk. Sounds like it read it in your case, but failed to boot.
     
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