Don't try this at home: reformatting your computer without a backup drive and another computer....

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Spent countless hours with remote assistance techs who were trying to find the root cause of problems on my computer. 

They finally gave up....and echoed the age-old solution: REFORMAT YOUR DRIVE!

Big sigh.....

Backed up documents...

Made sure I have all the CDs, I need to reformat and reinstall...

With a heavy heart, I initiated the reformatting...

Then reinstalled...

WTF? The network card wasn't found.

Using another computer, downloaded all the drivers I can find, saved them on an external drive, reinstalled them on my now dead computer. Still no go.

Other techies try....error messages. Network card not found, not installed.

Fortunately, I have an extended warranty. And Dell will send tech to install new motherboard.

In the meantime, I'm grateful I have access to another computer, an external drive, and an ipad. So I am not completely out of the tools I need for work.

God help those who don't have a back up computer in situations like this.

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Dave Hill PhD,ePro,SFR,CIAS,BPOR,CNE,CSC Chicago Area Real Estate Agent
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Pacita - That's great advice! Backing up data always seems like overkill...until you have a meltdown. With the huge capacity external hard drives available these days, it's relatively simple to create a complete back-up image of your computers system drive. It's so true when they say 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure'. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 03, 2011 10:46 PM #1
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Fred Griffin
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I hear you, Pacita.

   For years I worked on "1 Computer".   A Virus or a Crash would put me out of business for days... I had to go to the Public Library, or Kinko's, or somewhere else to use or rent a very insecure computer, until the Geek Squad or Up and Running could get my busted computer fixed.

  Today I use 2 Laptops, plus Mobile (Blackberry), and I have 2 Desktops for Backup.

 

Jul 03, 2011 11:03 PM #2
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Richard Weisser
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Pacita...

It can be so frustrating ... all those hours spent without success. I hope that your computer is up and running soon.

Jul 03, 2011 11:05 PM #3
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Jim Hale
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Good to have two hard drives in tandem...or a link to the clouds.

Jul 03, 2011 11:59 PM #4
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John Pusa
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Pacita - It is important to have a backup computer, in case the computer working on does not function. Thank you for the detailed quality blog.

Jul 04, 2011 12:55 AM #5
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
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John --- I've slowly migrated to gmail and starting to use other means for saving docs ... The less I have on the computer the less vulnerable I feel.

 Jim --- iCloud it is...soon!

Richard --- I don't feel so helpless since I have my Passport backup drive....limited things I can do on IPad but at least I'm functional. Thank goodness wee have an extra laptop at home and a desktop at work...and I have an iPhone and iPad....

Fred ---- almost ditto.

David --- fortunately back up drives are now available with huge capacity in a pocket size

John --- absolutely necessary to have a back up, and a fallback plan, each and every time.

Jul 04, 2011 01:11 AM #6
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