Tech Tip: There's Been a Resurrection! Now I Can Breathe...

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Real Estate Agent with RVA HomePRO Realtor with Keller Williams serving Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfiled and Richmond, Virginia 0225205023
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This morning I was working away on my computer and the internet stopped working. Unfortunately that's not too uncommon in my office, then my screen froze, an the dreaded blue screen of death showed it's ugly head. This is the first time I've seen this on a windows 8 machine so I waited to see what would happen...blue screen

The computer rebooted, started the boot process, did some checking, and then a strange message appeared:

Boot Disk Not Found

Umm, what? I started having flashbacks to my days in IT. I started going through my checklists in my head, what could be wrong? What happened? The next thought was "This really isn't happening is it? The computer isn't that old."

One thing I didn't worry about was my data. As a practice I've been saving all my files on my OneDrive so it's all backed up and synced to my other computers. I quickly did a mental inventory, nope, nothing serious I could think of was on the local hard drive that wasn't synced. Next step was to do some diagnostic trouble shooting. I ran the built in utilities and my suspicions were confirmed, the hard drive was showign as there, but not accessible. Really? I don't need this today. Thankfully there were no pressing needs... until I got a text from a client to run some comps and likely write a contract.

After watching the diagnostics sit on the screen and making some calls I decided to get out of the diagnostics which would reboot the computer. I figured I'll let it try one more time and then shut it down with the power button. I prepared to go meet my client, gathered my iPad and other docs and looked up to see my login screen... um, am I dreaming? Is that's what's really on the screen? I attempted to login and viola! I was back in. I double checked my files, check everythign synced. Ran the updater, everything A-Ok. 

I'm not sure what really happened because the computer continued to run fine for the rest of the day. I think it's time to get a new hard drive ready, but at least I can now clone the drive rather than have to reinstall the operating system. 

Please take a lesson from my experience. Back up your computer files. I'm often asked how often should I back up. My answer is always the same,

"How much can you afford to lose?" 

Or you can use a continuous system like I do with OneDrive or Google Docs. Everything I had outside of what I was immediately working on and anything that had not been synced in the last 30-60 seconds. 

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Michael Hottman As a Licensed Real Estate Agent in Virginia and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia I strive to help others achieve their goals in life, whether it's selling or buying a property or becoming the person they were meant to be.


My background includes a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), managing residential properties, graphic design, corporate information technology, and being a third generation Realtor®. My experience in real estate started when I was old enough to help my dad clean out rental properties and I have started taking my son on showing appointments already.

My goal is to always provide my clients with 5 STAR service from the time I meet them to far beyond the close of their initial transaction, making them clients for all the real estate transactions they may ever have.

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RVA HomePRO Michael Hottman 
So true - I paid a whopping $5.00 to Google for extra cloud storage and got $5000 of peace of mind. Glad yours is working again!
Lynn

Jan 21, 2015 04:07 PM #1
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Conrad Allen
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Hi Michael.  Computers are such mysterious machines.  I use Carbonite.

Jan 21, 2015 07:35 PM #2
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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This is my solution for most computer issues.  Shut if off, wait a minute, turn it on.

Jan 21, 2015 08:30 PM #3
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning again Michael. I am so glad I went to a Mac and don't see the blue screen anymore.

Jan 21, 2015 09:03 PM #4
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RVA HomePRO Michael Hottman
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Lynn B. Friedman can't go wrong for $5

Jan 21, 2015 11:07 PM #5
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RVA HomePRO Michael Hottman
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Conrad Allen they are mysteries at times, even for someone who did corporate IT work for 12 years.

Jan 21, 2015 11:08 PM #6
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Gabe Sanders That's my first step when things are acting strangly. The machine had been rebooted several times and then decided to start working again.

Jan 21, 2015 11:09 PM #7
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Sheila Anderson Macs are not immune to kernal panics or hardware failure, I've experienced my share of them on the Macs I've used and maintained. I love macs too, that's where I learned many of my computer skills. 

Jan 21, 2015 11:10 PM #8
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Michael I am a slow learner took two Laptops  before I went to Carbonite:)), Endre

Jan 22, 2015 11:45 AM #9
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Lisa Von Domek
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Hello Michael,

Backing up is the key to avoiding a heart attack (LOL).  I've run into this before and I do exactly what you did...shut it down, let it sit, then turn it back on.  Happy to hear that this worked and you didn't lose any valuable information.

Have a great weekend!

Jan 22, 2015 10:29 PM #10
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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I use Mac and I don't think it failed me ever. But it might happen....:(

Brrrr......I'm stressed  even thinking about possibility of loosing files and pictures.

 

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I am always sad for new customers who come on board to our web-based software and say "my computer crashed and I lost everything!"  At least I can promise them that our cloud solution won't put them through it in the future.  

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