LAPTOP LOVE or YOU WILL LOSE HER

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with people first...then business Ran Right Realty 636943 licensed to thrill
https://activerain.com/droplet/5nTc

I recently was compelled to do some updating to my laptop brought about by my careless downloading of different drivers and programs that brought about a crash. What frightening experience only because it is an affront to your comfort zone that is brought on by yourself and not expected. That is why it stings when it crashes regardless of the cause

LEARNING THRUST (not curve)

I have practiced for decades living by the good news, bad news and problem-solving. I don't spend too much time in complaining, regret, misfortune or mistakes regardless of the cause. I just like to spring back back up if I fall or return to my center if I stray far away & to do this as soon as possible. 

MAKE IMPROVEMENTS

While I am in the recovery mode, I might as well make some improvements on the way back. I work hard to be able to do this putting money and time aside when needed should this come up. It did and I decided to make improvements to my laptop during its down-time and recovery from the crash

WHAT HAPPENED

I have double virus protection so I don't believe a virus took me down NO. It was conflict deliberately inflicted but not knowingly upon my laptop by me. I had conflicting drivers and programs. Its a long story but that is why I crashed. So off I go to staples to get help. Why them? They do it right there in front of you 

CANNOT BOOT-UP

I came across the dreaded BSOD or blue screen of death that comes up if you have a crash problem and the 'death" screen shows up when you turn on your unit. You are given many options to resuscitate all designed by engineers to help the ignorant & the savvy. Out of the 15 different ways to come back, mine would not!

WHAT I LEARNED

How many times have you heard or thought about a back-up disc, recovery system plan, an external hard drive unit or a plug-in unit that once downloaded will enable you to restore your unit AND JUST DECIDED NOT TO DO IT because of the various makes no sense reasons? I am that man! I paid the price

WHAT IT TOOK

If you ever practiced CPR on one of those dummies imagine my laptop on the counter of staples, its cover opened and some tech guy trying to revive it all while I watch. Will it live? Can you bring her back? His honest I don't knows kept me in suspense. Finally the verdict: You need a new..............

SYSTEMS WIPE ?  yikes!

Think blood transfusion here. Now this is a good time to state that lots of choices have to be made at this point. I will list some of them but let me tell you the feelings behind them are intense. 

1. We have to remove the hard drive to access it for a recovery. Doable but time consuming with twists

2. Tiny little screws you can see and tiny ones you cannot are all over the back of the laptop. Trying to find them all is challenging and we had to find diagrams of it to proceed. Think a Doctor looking at an X-RAY before and during the surgery.

3. Then, you have to pry with love, gentleness and tenderness all around the edges to lift-off. DO NOT FORCE ANYTHING or you break little pieces of plastic meant to be there and will haunt you if broken

4. Finally the cover is off and hard drive sighted. Its like a large pack of cigarettes with a wire plug. We pull

5. The amount of dust inside my unit was surprising and shocking. All that time I was blowing canned air into the vents it just pushed it all into the unit deeper. The fan was drowning and huffing plus running hot

6. Now, can I retrieve data? Some of it yes the rest was lost. 

7. Before erasing everything, a discussion on now is the time to buy a new, state of the art hard drive as an upgrade or forever regret you did not. What this does is add speed and space. One trigabyte here I come

8. I also had the latest and greatest version of Windows 10 installed.

9. NOTE THIS: When it comes to cell phones, computers and smart TVs, I never skimp! I always buy the best is what life has taught. The tech working on my unit said this is as good as anything out now and I have had it for 4 years. Buying the best does last and pay-off. 

10. It was worth it to invest into this unit and the tech guys says shes good for years to come if you do.

AFTERMATH

I lost a lot of files LOL and here is why! I don't even remember what some of them were!  If you have ever forgot your cell phone and noticed it while out there, I had similar feelings on the laptop. What did I forget? What files? Who were they? How important were they? Can life go on?  Ignorance is truly bliss

EPILOGUE

We all die. In this case, my hard drive went first and left me behind. Next time I will go and leave it behind. Do not under-estimate a fresh start for its redeeming values. I feel lighter, free-er and it is worthy to note that I have re-activated my other as needed apps and programs. One of them was the ACTIVERAIN. 

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Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

My friend Endre Barath, Jr. ...I used spell-check the other day on AR and it froze after I commented at length causing me to fret as to whether I would lose the comment...Gambling on outcome or having a false hope as to whether something will or wont happen that also happens to be minor in expectations is living life contrary to rewards and enthusiasms...Be careful of enabling which weakens both the enabled and the enabler. THINK: dumbing-down

Sep 02, 2020 07:01 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Hello there! I just wanted to check in and see how you were doing..  The system seems to be working a little better in the last day or two!

Sep 02, 2020 02:57 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

One of my favortes this Kat Palmiotti is....hope for the best outcome never fails

Sep 02, 2020 03:46 PM #17
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Richie, I had that happen with a beloved old (very old) computer and just bought a new one!  Since then,  I've met a wonderful old guy who does magic with Macs, and next time, I'll give him first crack at fixing whatever goes wrong.  

Sep 05, 2020 06:46 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Patricia Kennedy ...you remain a delight....thanks for coming by

Sep 05, 2020 08:09 AM #19
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Richie... thankfully, my Outlook is backed up three times a day; my hard drive weekly, and all my files every night. I've experienced that black screen once... but fortunately all was easy to restore (for my computer guy). Me.... I just went out and bought a new computer.

Sep 06, 2020 06:42 AM #20
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Richie!

 I included your post in today's Last Week's Favorites post.  Thanks for writing it!

Cheers!

Pat

 

Sep 06, 2020 06:43 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Richie Alan Naggar -it has happened to all of us once maybe more.  Now whern that happens I buy a new drive and install the system then I pull the data off the old drive.,  Never do any recovery that destroys data.  Do it on a brand new drive.

Sep 06, 2020 11:07 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yes to your proven know how Grant Schneider ...thanks for sharing

Sep 06, 2020 11:35 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

How good of you to think of and support another Patricia Kennedy 

Sep 06, 2020 11:36 AM #24
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Little Nina Hollander steward of all her tech gadgets...they serve her well

Sep 06, 2020 11:38 AM #25
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Carol Culkin, ReeceNichols
ReeceNichols Real Estate - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate

A crash stings BAD and it's always at the worst time. Restore or go to store? Sometimes it's easier to just start new. 

Sep 07, 2020 07:37 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Richie your fans are waiting for your new posts, I know the 504's is not an excuse and I am sure you have a new PC by now:))Endre

Sep 07, 2020 11:09 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Endre Barath, Jr. ...better a neighbor and friend ....there is none

Sep 08, 2020 05:33 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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So true Carol Culkin, ReeceNichols ...Add you need it and it just plagues a person

Sep 08, 2020 05:35 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well good to be a neighbor and a friend look forward to your pearls of wisdom, sorely missed not just on this platform but in general:)Endre

Sep 09, 2020 10:25 PM #30
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Oh, Richie, I get this. I went through a crash some years ago and it was a horrible experience. Such a tough time but you told the story with such style and grace, and a bit of humility thrown in.

Jeff

Sep 10, 2020 07:36 PM #31
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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I am always glad to hear from you Jeff Dowler, CRS and your comment stands

Sep 10, 2020 07:41 PM #32
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So appreciate your post having just bought a new tower and camera for my desktop.  My PC was 12 years old!  It ran like a champ but all of a sudden, things didn't look quite right.  Out with the old in with the new.  Thanks for the reminder to blow out my laptop keyboard!  Good place not to scrimp as you say!

Sep 10, 2020 09:32 PM #33
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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What a nice visit by my friend Jan Green ...best to you. BTW...it occured to me to use a vacuum cleaner on the computer vents to suck-out the dust instead of a can of air-spray which blows it further in.....

Sep 11, 2020 05:59 AM #34
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