OOPS.... I dropped my laptop...

Ever wonder what happens when you drop your laptop in a place where you cant just walk to Best Buy and purchase a new one? Hmmmm... Let me tell yon my story while I sit here and wait for my hard drive to copy... Hopefully I can recover my laptop...

Trying to recover data from my damaged laptop hard drive
Trying to recover data from my damaged laptop hard drive

One lovely afternoon in Hinche Haiti, I decided to take my laptop outside on the front porch to get some fresh air... Suddenly I realize my battery was low. So i did what every laptop owner would do, I pulled out the power cord and plugged it in.

About an hour later, i realize it is about to rain... So I got up, grabbed my laptop to take it inside the house...

Unfortunately, I placed my BIG FOOT on the power cord... So as grabbed my laptop, the power cord, trapped under my feet, yanked it out of my hands and...

SMASHHHHH goes my laptop onto the concrete floor...

I cant tell you what I said but they all started with 'S' and 'F'...

To make a long story short... My laptop screen broke... I had to order it in the states, ship it to the Dominican Republic and drive there to pick it up...

Then luckily, I installed it and it worked... For a while... Until I started getting hard drive errors.

I know how to backup my laptop hard drive... But i never did... So hear I am... Trying to recover critical data from a broken laptop hard drive when i know better...

Has this ever happened to you?

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Woodring says...

Hey Paul, your story is similar to mine. If you are not sure whether your hard drive suffered damages, now is a good time to back it up. I should gave backed mine up before it got worse.

As far as the screen, I got one on amazon for less than 50 bucks.

If you or a techie friend can install it, its worth

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Woodring says...

Hi David, i am sure there are but when you live in a province in Haiti it is not as easy as driving to Best Buy in the

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Woodring says...

Hi Patrick P.

I save most of my files on a linux server but i will definitely loose some things if my laptop crash as i use it a lot and I collect some data in my travels that I am often to lazy to

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Woodring says...

Hi Patrick, I do have a spare laptop, and an iPad that, like you, I carry around like a newborn lol...

But after a while, your primary computing device becomes irreplaceable, even hard to part from since you will have to re-customize it all over again.

Your ipad is unique because of all the aps and info you have in

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Patrick Gaspard says...

Too bad. One good advice...

manage to have one extra laptop.

I do not have an extra one myself but you should see me moving around with my ipad. Like a mother carrying her newborn

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Patrick Princivil says...

My friends don't save your work on your hard drive, just save only short thing on your hard drive and as soon as possible save your work on your external hard drive or USB flash or into a CD/DVD just drag them into your CD/DVD, you can burn it if you want, this mean if your computer crash you will not be the looser, you will not waist your time. If you download thing over internet you can partition your hard drive and save maybe what you downloaded online but you don't have to do that, just save them on your USB flash drive, DVD/CD, and your external hard drive etc.

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David Grant says...

Are you trying to tell me that there is no store in Haiti where you can purchase a laptop or part for it?

It is quite a while since I left the country, it never crossed my imagination that it is impossible to buy a computer in Haiti,
This is sad, very sad

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Paul says...

Woodring...

sorry for your laptop.

This story is particularly interesting to me, because for the past two weeks, my laptop has been sitting in a corner of my room, waiting for my decision of whether to replace the screen, or to get a new laptop.

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