When disaster strikes!

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Hi all,

It may be a while before I put anymore photos on here.
On Monday, a nasty little virus slipped past McAffee and totally corrupted my PC. Virtually all files were infected and any means of rescue, made powerless.
The only way out was to run the recovery DVD’s, which wiped the hard drive clean and re-installed Windows Vista only.
Some time ago I’d switched off the automatic data backup because it was taking up too much space, thought I didn’t need it as nothing had happened in 2 1/2 years.
I’ve tried several data recovery software, but there was nothing to rescue. Also, back to square one.
Moral is for me (and maybe you too) is to back up the system regularly (once a week) and don’t rely too much on even the best Anti Virus Programmes!

I should add, I’ve got over 150 images on here so all is not lost
and my photos from Germany are on CD-ROM.

Comments

8 Apr, 2011
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muddywalters said:

OMG Ken, that's awful. I've never backed up the system - don't know how - but my nephew's visiting tomorrow and he's a bit of a whizz with computers, so I'll get him to show me!
Thanks for the warning.

8 Apr, 2011
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robashfield said:

Hi ken,sorry to hear such bad news.Viruses can be a real bane.I keep all my photos on a seperate external hard drive,then if I need any photos I import them.They really are worth the money.I paid £45.00 for a 233gb one about 3 yrs ago,best investment.I unplug it from the main computer until I need it.As for backing the system up,I do mine once a month,at the same time as defraging the system and cleaning it. Hope you get sorted soon,look forward to your photos.....
All the best
Rob

8 Apr, 2011
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kenrick said:

Hi Rob,
I think an external HD would be the best solution. For me it would be financially a bit of a pain, but like you say, it's a good investment.

8 Apr, 2011
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robashfield said:

Hi Ken,
My daughter has just bought herself one online,it only cost her £25. I think it is 80gb,plenty for photographs.....

9 Apr, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Sorry to read this Ken .Experienced a similar thing thinking why pay for anti virus when so many available free (Must have known this would appeal to us in Yorkshire ) .. yes I learnt the hard way.

Told that windows had detected viruses and scan for threats .. of course it wasnt a windows message at all but sure looked like one.

Froze everything and would only allow contact to purchase an anti virus they had used to block my computer !

Was able to purchase much cheaper version and clean up computer but needed to use a disc as couldnt download anything.

Can use on line back up and storage only draw back is if like me ( fortunately dont think there will be too many lol ) you allow it to lapse you cant access it ! Hope you are sorted soon , best of luck.

9 Apr, 2011
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kenrick said:

Thanks for that, Rob. I didn't realise how cheap they've become.
Amazon have a 1TB for £43.00, I could nearly get the story of my life on that one!

Hi Ray, that is similar to what happened to my PC. I'd left it running while I did a bit of shopping. When I came back this dodgy AV programme was already running and telling me how many files were infected. The count kept going up and I then realised it was FIRST infecting the files and THEN telling me how many it was.
Usually I can always get rid of this sort of software, but this one won!
To top it all, yesterday evening my boiler packed up completely meaning no heating and no hot water. Luckily I don't have to pay for the repairs, but I've got to forfeit this super Saturday weather waiting for the repair man to come!

That sort of sums up my life and why the 1TB hard drive wouldn't be quite big enough for the unabridged story!

9 Apr, 2011
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robashfield said:

Lol Ken....

10 Apr, 2011
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jane said:

Sorry to hear this Ken...once upon a time I thought a virus was just the horrible cough and cold I have just suffered for the last week or so !! Dont times change???

11 Apr, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Oh dear Ken and they say such things happen in 3s so hope your run of bad luck has ended now.At least weather was a little warmer when boiler packed up .. hope you didnt step outside for any longer than a minute and return to find a card from the repairman claiming to have called but you were out !

13 Apr, 2011
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kenrick said:

Continuing the Saga. Sunday evening my broadband went on the blink, a candle which I had lit, burned one sided causing wax to run down my lovely white fireplace, dripped into the artificial coal fire, on to the hearth and splashed onto my carpet.
Monday, mess cleaned up, BT informed but had to wait 'til today for the engineer because I had a full day training course yesterday.
Repair man came today, tested everything and swapped my 'Openreach' (Infinity) modem what had packed up after only 2 months. I can work the heating/ hot water manually. just waiting (as usual) for the parts to get it fixed properly.
Back to the plot, the way my life's running at the moment, I think a 2TB External hard drive may be a better option because there's going to be loads more to tell!

13 Apr, 2011
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jane said:

Oh dear Ken...sorry to hear of your continuing woes.They say troubles come in threes so maybe now things will improve...I hope so..:o)

14 Apr, 2011
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kenrick said:

I've counted 4 upto now Jane and I never asked for second helpings!

14 Apr, 2011
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robashfield said:

Got to say ken< I do know how you feel! " yr ago,our heating packed up,over christmas! We had to wait over a week because British Gas couldn't get the parts until after the break.Worse of all that cost me £85.because the boiler was over 2 yrs old and that particular part was not covered.We finally got that sorted,then a few months later,whilst driving to my moms house(approx 15mins away) on the M42,I tried to change gear.........and Bang! the gearbox went! It cost me £105 to get towed off,and £625 to put the car right! To make matters worse,because my wife had just been made redundant, at the start of the year,I cancelled the RAC the week before!
They say these things are sent to try us,but that year was most definately our worsed.
We can only hope they get better....Keep smiling and logging into ISAB...for more brill piccies and blogs!!

Regards Rob

15 Apr, 2011
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kenrick said:

What can I say to that Rob, only that Amazon also have a 2TB external hard drive for £70! If you order it now, start immediately,
you may just get your life work immortalised.

I had the same experience with my ex-partners' Mini Cooper a few years ago. On the Autobahn approx. 500 metres from my exit. Luckily, I was in the ADAC (German AA) so got a tow to the dealers. Thing was, the Mini was 4 years old, but only had around 2000 miles on the clock. Made a big song and dance about it, and got half the bill paid by the manufacturer. A year after that, the Mini managed to break both my partners' legs, but that's another story.

15 Apr, 2011
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robashfield said:

Think a 1TB is coming my way lol!!!!!

15 Apr, 2011
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kenrick said:

Nice one, Rob!

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