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just lost everything

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by kg26, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. kg26

    kg26 Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    This is unbelievable I just lost all of my ledgers that told who owes what, are their any pc guys out there that can recommend a program for resorting old files. Stupid hard drive.
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Let me guess, no external hard drive or cloud service.
  3. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,676

    If hard drive is dying stop using it now. Any computer store should sell the cables and program to recover what you can from it. Little sister is a computer techy person and this how she recovered a hard drive for me.
  4. 32vld

    32vld Senior Member
    from LI, NY
    Messages: 622

    I had a computer die. Brought it to a computer repair business they were able to get off my data off of my old PC and put it on the new one. Worth the money. Because my thought was I could mess things up worse then even an expert will not be able to bail me out.
  5. kg26

    kg26 Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    Bingo 100% the case
  6. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,779

    Alot of the programs now have a recover setting where you can recover back to a certain point in time, try that first (If you can get it to boot up) then get yourself an external hard drive backup and start using it..
  7. kg26

    kg26 Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    That was the back up. Excel said the file was in a different format when I click open nothing is in the cells.
  8. ddobson

    ddobson Junior Member
    from pa
    Messages: 29

    If you've written to the hard drive since you've first noticed the issue, it will make recovery less probable. If you have a spare pc you can install the drive as a secondary hd and copy the data over, assuming it's not encrypted. Try the cable/recovery program that kimber mentioned as well, but if your original excel file is corrupted you could run a chkdsk on the drive, repair the files, then copy off the data and replace the hd.
  9. Diesel Dan

    Diesel Dan Senior Member
    Messages: 219

    take it to a computer shop ASAP, don't use the computer
  10. kg26

    kg26 Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    NO I didn't write anything to the drive.
  11. ddobson

    ddobson Junior Member
    from pa
    Messages: 29

    Then you should be in fairly good shape. If you take it to a computer shop see if they can image the disk first to preserve the original hd. This way you can make several recovery attempts and still have your disk to work from if all else fails.
  12. Urdum2

    Urdum2 Member
    Messages: 34

    Agree with the majority.....any computer repair guy.....I have all billing and accounts on computer and also made a paper copy(2) for my files....in case the above happens again....having two copies is in case I have to give one....to easy to say I will just make another off the computer...and then not do it and don't think of it till ...well
  13. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    Call me old fashion but I write everything in a notebook. Then at the end of the month do my billing on QuickBooks. You can't crash a notebook...
  14. procut

    procut Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    ^ Yup - exactly how I do it as well.
  15. kg26

    kg26 Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    It was on the external.:angry:
  16. Chineau

    Chineau Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    This is like a flash back to a very bad memory, arrrrrghhh! Stupid computers..
  17. rcn971

    rcn971 Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    I switched everything over to QB Online this year.....best thing I ever did. Don't ever have to worry about drives crashing or being corrupted and making back ups ever again. And since I access it from my phone my billing gets done way faster as well.
  18. kg26

    kg26 Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    Seriously we are talking about hundreds if not at least a couple thousand of dollars in revenue that will take me at least a week to fish out the hard way by means of looking what checks I have on hand form clients, dates where snow accumulation was 2" or more, and invoices that I had drawn up 3 days ago. Might as well get cozy I'm going to be here a while.
  19. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Same here, all handwritten invoices ,the entered into QB
  20. ddobson

    ddobson Junior Member
    from pa
    Messages: 29

    That's useful to know. I fixed a 1.5 TB ext. drive like this in December. So run the chkdsk on it. It may work it may not but it is sure better than trying to recreate from paper. At least you can get the info. in needed.