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Random vent... my computer crashed with all my notes; finals start next week

This is a random vent. I bought a MacBook last July and love it very much. I've had no problems with it; like most people at my school, I take my computer to all my classes and take all my notes on my computer. My finals start next week, and I've already studied a good 15-20 hours over the past couple weeks. In fact, I'd already created a 20-page outline for my Public Health Law class and was about halfway done outlining the entire semester. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, my computer wouldn't turn on today. I called Apple and they told me that it's likely a major hardware problem and that I need to send my computer in to be repaired.

They said that they probably won't be able to recover a single thing from my hard drive. ALL my notes (as well as this outline that I've spent so long making) are on it, as well as a ton of my personal files.

They also said that it could take over a week to get my computer back to me. If I don't have it back by the time I take my first final, that means I have to handwrite it, putting me at a major disadvantage. (In-class exams at my school are 3 hours long, and people usually type 20-25 pages during the exam period. If you handwrite, you can't even write half that much)

I'm just so sad. I've worked so hard all semester and I want to do my best on exams, but that just doesn't seem possible at this point
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Re: Random vent... my computer crashed with all my notes; finals start next week

lesson learnt: Backup all your data regularly

Did you try "Get Data Back" a software that helps recover data off even damaged hard drives ? You'd need to connect your laptop hard drive to a desktop/laptop as an external hard drive (using a hard drive enclosure)
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Re: Random vent... my computer crashed with all my notes; finals start next week

I had some things backed up. But without a complete picture of every single course, cross-referenced treatises, journal citations, everything... fragments here and there are worthless. Also, my backups won't do me any good when I'm scrambling to handwrite 10,000 words in 3 hours
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Re: Random vent... my computer crashed with all my notes; finals start next week

i have a macbook (my first mac) and i don't feel safe with it. i feel like it could crash at any time...my next laptop will be something different, that's for sure.

i wish you the best of luck with your finals.

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Re: Random vent... my computer crashed with all my notes; finals start next week

What about friends who could lend you notes?




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Re: Random vent... my computer crashed with all my notes; finals start next week

Sorry to hear about your computer crashing, especially near exams. All the best with recovering notes and studying. If you talk to your lecturers/tutors and freinds, they should be able to help you with any missed material. Good luck.

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yeah you know I think there might be problems with these macbooks because I have had problems with mine lately. I always save my shit on the zipdisk just incase. Good luck wit finals, I have them in two weeks




















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Good luck

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Re: Random vent... my computer crashed with all my notes; finals start next week

Since you said that most kids in your school take notes on their computer it won't be hard to get one of them to allow you to copy their notes on a cd or a USB drive. Then you could take it home & study on your desktop, on the exam day you could borrow laptop from a friend/family member. If no one gives you their laptop you could ask your teacher most of them will be able to arrange one for you. In the worst case scenario you could maybe rent a laptop from somewhere or even buy a cheap one. Hope it works out for you
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Re: Random vent... my computer crashed with all my notes; finals start next week

That sucks man and I know how upset you must be, but maybe it's the fates way of telling you you need a break. Arranging a laptop for the final is probably doable; you can borrow from a friend. But now that you have a little extra time, go out and do something fun, you probabaly deserve a break from all that studying.

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What about friends who could lend you notes?
I think this is the poster who goes to Harvard Law School. I have this feeling they're pretty cutthroat.

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I have a Mac. NEVER again. NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER again. It's good against viruses though. That's about it.
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One of my worst nightmares!
Dont give up. Contact ur friends, I am sure you'll find a way out. BEST OF LUCK!

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Re: Random vent... my computer crashed with all my notes; finals start next week

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All of a sudden, out of nowhere, my computer wouldn't turn on today. I called Apple and they told me that it's likely a major hardware problem and that I need to send my computer in to be repaired.

They said that they probably won't be able to recover a single thing from my hard drive. ALL my notes (as well as this outline that I've spent so long making) are on it, as well as a ton of my personal files.
They told you WHAT!?!

If the harddrive blew up, the machine would still turn on but give error messages about the harddrive. But the machine doesn't turn on, therefore something else is wrong and the harddrive should be fine.

Well, unless the machine is designed by complete morons. But we can't assume that. Yet.

What the hell makes them think the harddrive is screwed?

A complete failure to do anything sounds like a power fault or perhaps an important chip or other component is damaged or loose.

Like Just_Me suggests, you pull out the harddrive, connect it to a compatible machine and copy the files over.

If you don't know how, find someone who does. I expect you'll find the harddrive functions perfectly.
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