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Old 06-11-03, 07:01 PM
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Computer on fire!! 30GB gone!

Well, on Saturday I was on AIM, just about to type when "POP", black screen. I hit the power button and nothing happened,,,tried again, nothing...hit reset/re-start, nothing. I looked under my computer table to check things out and my power supply was on fire!! I yanked the power cord out and shook the Hell out of the case while blowing on it and hitting it with my hand. the fire went out, but my PC is shot. Over 30GB's gone, including my Versa Check files, work documents, tons of pr0n, and God knows what else...

Truly a sad day!
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Old 06-11-03, 07:05 PM
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That is very sad! That's also why you backup.

Maybe only your power supply is shot. Maybe your motherboard is too. But your drive could still be ok and the data recoverable.
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Yes have some hope for all that prOn. You should make a claim with the power supply manufacturer.If it's Dell or IBM
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Just be happy that this happen when you are in front of the PC. Otherwise, it might had burn the house down.
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I had a cap blow in one of my power supplies a few years ago. It's quite an alarming experience to say the least. It didn't catch fire, but you could see scorch marks on the metal inside the PS case.

Any device connected to your PS may potentially be damaged, but there's a good chance that your HD still works.

My recommendation for anyone looking for a quality power supply would be to look for a Zalman 400W unit. I bought the older 300W unit and was very impressed by its build quality. Tomshardware recently did a review of the 400W unit and found it to be quite good as well. A couple others that I hear good things about, but haven't tried are PC Power & Cooling (just way too expensive) and Antec TruPower. I've used some Enermax units and they seem decent, but just looking at it, they don't appear to be anything particularly special.
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Old 06-11-03, 08:55 PM
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sorry to hear about the pr0n
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Old 06-11-03, 09:16 PM
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Re: Computer on fire!! 30GB gone!

Originally posted by dvdsteve2000
I yanked the power cord out and shook the Hell out of the case while blowing on it and hitting it with my hand.
hehe. Must...resist...joke...

Sorry for your loss.
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Old 06-11-03, 10:08 PM
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God, that's just horrible. I though I had it bad when I lost 8 gigs a while back.
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Old 06-11-03, 10:46 PM
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damn, that truly sucks. but I agree with zuffy..it coulda been a LOT worse..

hopefully what X suggested is possible..
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Old 06-11-03, 11:00 PM
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Originally posted by belboz
I had a cap blow in one of my power supplies a few years ago. It's quite an alarming experience to say the least. It didn't catch fire, but you could see scorch marks on the metal inside the PS case.

Any device connected to your PS may potentially be damaged, but there's a good chance that your HD still works.
I had the same thing happen last November. I had saved a document for school "just in case" (I usually don't). A couple hours later i heard a pop and that was that.

I replaced the power supply and it worked well. Then I ended up scraping the whole thing when the semester finished since it needed a major upgrade.

Good luck.
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Old 06-12-03, 12:53 AM
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Always Always Always back up that pr0n!
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always always spend the $$ and get a antec PS. they are the best bang for your buck.
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Old 06-12-03, 11:56 AM
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I lost a 3.2GB drive once.


Any recommendations for backup software? (WinXP)
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Old 06-12-03, 12:34 PM
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Your drive is probably ok, though the power supply is likely shot.

Most things in your PC are protected by fuses. Just because the PC won't turn on doesn't mean that everything inside is shot. Hard drives can take an incredible amount of physical damage before they stop working. Even then, there's always drive recovery, which in this case should work quite well.
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Old 06-12-03, 06:09 PM
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Old 06-12-03, 07:25 PM
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Thanks guys!!

Actually, I'm using the PC right now with a different power supply, but it's only like a 200W. I only have 1 DVD drive and one hard drive hooked up. After putting out the fire, I immediately ran upstairs and got the other supply...thinking "I gotta save my pr0n!!!". When I hooked up the new supply, Windows wouldn't boot, it said I had a bunch of corrupt .ini files and something else. I managed to somehow get to a DOS prompt, but the only thing I could think of doing was fdisk & format, remember, I was in a panic!! So, here I am on a clean disk.

...and oh yeah, I was lucky I was sitting right in front of it when it happened.
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Old 06-12-03, 07:30 PM
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You can still recover those porns with Ontrack EasyRecovery if all you did is fdisk and format.
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really???
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Yes. The parition can be corrupted and you still can recover the data as long as you didn't write anything to it and the drive is not physically damaged.
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Agreed on the Ontrack EasyRecovery software. That's your only option now.

Hopefully, you did NOT write anything to the disk after formatting and fdisking and the disk is still clean. The less you write to the disk, the more likely you are to recover.

Don't install windows on the blank partition (or anything else for that matter). You need to hook the drive up as a slave to a hard drive that already has windows installed. Use the Ontrack software and recover your files. You may need another drive to save your recovered files to.
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Old 06-12-03, 08:46 PM
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Damn, I installed windows already, and my slave drive, a 120GB, doesn't have an OS on it, I was running it as a slave.
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Old 06-13-03, 02:04 AM
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This is a goddamn greek tragedy.

You can still try to recover, but the more you install, and the more you run windows, the more you will lose. So far, you've probably lost a gig or two, but no telling what exactly you've lost. Ontrack might be able to still recover some overwritten stuff, but I wouldn't count on it.

Of course, if it's that important, you can send the drive off, professional recovery services can find stuff even after it's been overwritten several times.
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Note to myself: Get an external HDD enclosure ASAP and back up everything
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