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About half a year ago I realized that my external hard-drive that I bought on amazon was malfunctioning, I had noticed there was a connection problem even before that, it would connect and disconnect rapidly sometimes, but I didn't think much of it cause my files were still there. then 1 day I tried to open my files which had saved in there (video files), and they couldn't open, but it wasn't just like a straight-right-away error message--it was loading and loading, like there was something there, it just couldn't open, and when I tried to “safely remove hardware” It would not allow me to, even with all windows closed it would say “please close programs using the drive”.. I had to just pull the USB out. I unplugged and re-plugged it several times, to see if I could find a way to open the files (and I tried everything like moving the file to C drive to open, or using a different computer, nothing worked)... every-time I tried the files appeared differently, like sometimes it would just not be there, (actually every time the folder would come up empty at first), sometimes there'd only be like half of them, and then the rest would load, but then there wouldn't be the names or thumbnails, sometimes just the names not the thumbnails, sometimes names and thumbnails, but not dates or info, sometimes there was everything included accept it wouldn't play... it would open the video player and the video player would load a bit and then would give up.. My hard drive seems like it has Alzheimer’s and it is having trouble pulling up different parts of the file but I am sure there is a way to recover the files because I know it’s in there somewhere, the data wasn’t wiped, I think it just doesn't know how to use the data to play the video because the video is somehow corrupted ...
I want to get the drive recovered, but I most importantly don't want to give the drive to someone who hooks it up to a computer and unsuccessfully tries a whole lot of things to recover the data, and then after all that the drive may self-destruct even more and make the problem even harder to solve… I feel that every-time the drive is powered on, it’s probably somehow screwing itself up even more, Plus the whole issue with the unstable connection (which is what I believe caused the malfunction in the first place) will probably find a way to screw it up further.. So before anyone tries to recover the data with a computer, I want to have the drive completely cloned, but I don't know how that can be done, I am thinking I could buy the exact same model and then ask a hardware expert to scan the drive with a machine and clone the data onto the other drive, it might even be better to have 2 or 3 other cloned drives just to be safe… The last thing I want is to pay some nutjob at the data recovery company to ###### up the drive permanently, if that happens then I can’t even bring it to a real good data recovery expert..
In the future when I have more money I’d want to hire like a real smart computer expert, who is smart and creative, someone who treats data recovery like Sherlock Holmes treats crime solving, treating every situation differently, not following a procedure... I don't trust those 9-5 working folks in a data recovery company who don’t really care about your data cause they’re still getting paid at the end of the day. Right now though, I have not much money and I can't wait forever because I hear that hard-drives lose their magnetic energy if not powered on for a while, and it could lose your data even after a year of sitting in storage, I don't want that to happen. I feel that I can't wait any longer; these files are so incredibly important to me, I can't afford to lose them. They are like all I worked on for many years. So, please tell me, what would you do? How would you handle this? Thanks for reading & Thanks for any advice or help.
(P.S. I have about 1,500 USD saved up and that's all I'm going to have for a good while, I have no job because I am disabled but I won't get into that... so what would you do, if you had 1,500 dollars and broken drive?)
Again I really appreciate any replies, even If you are not an expert.. I am posting this on like 12 other forums so any reply is helpful even if you don't know much. Thanks.
A secret Santa has stunned shoppers in Pennsylvania by dropping $50,000 to buy 100 people their layaway gifts at Wal-Mart.
The anonymous donor mysteriously dropped off a check at a Silver Springs Commons store on Monday morning, reports The Patriot-News.
The "layaway angel" ? as he's been dubbed ? didn't want his name to be revealed and said he should just be called "Santa B."
Tanisha Burton, of Harrisburg, was astonished to find the $200 she had left to pay for toys for her daughter already covered when she went to the store later that day.
"It was definitely a surprise, and a blessing," she told The Patriot-News.
"I'm overwhelmed, and I guess relieved. I'm just disappointed I couldn't say thank you," added Robert Carolus, of Mifflin County, who also arrived to find his bill settled.
Burston and Carolus were just two out of 100 customers who had their balances paid.
Store manager Steve Myers said he'd seen $2,000 to $3,000 donations dropped off before ? but never so much as $50,000.
"He said he wanted to help take care of folks ? to bring everyone a special Christmas," Myers said.
Wal-Mart spokesman John Forrest Ales said the generous amount was "certainly high" ? but not a record.
And he revealed two similar donations of $51,000 and $59,000 had also been dropped off in Florida on the same day.
"It's amazing to see the random acts of kindness that happen at the holidays," he said.
"It's incredible customers are coming in and wanting to help their neighbors by covering their layaway balances for the season," he added.
A Pennsylvania family claims their house is haunted and has the pictures to prove it. CNN affiliate WPMT reports.
A home in Hanover, York County will be featured on a national TV show on Saturday. The homeowners say their house is severely haunted, with multiple ghosts and other entities.
Homeowner DeAnna Simpson says they?ve lived in the home for seven years, and put everything they had into buying it. She says she and her husband didn?t find out it was haunted until soon after they moved in.
?We put everything into this house,? says Simpson. ?And we do want to move, but we would have to list it at such a price where we could recoup what we put in.?
Simpson has ghostly photos, as well as photos from something that scratches people who come inside. She also has audio recordings of voices, children laughing, and dogs barking that were not in the house.
?Five plus,? she says of the number of ghosts in the house. ?I have some here that are protecting me, some women here that are protecting me, but the majority are bad, dark forces, inhuman.?
Simpson says one of the entities in the house is a demon. It appears in a photo as a 7-foot-tall shadow figure. While we were there, Simpson recorded orbs on her cell phone camera and it caught a clip of a shadowy hand reaching out.
When FOX43?s cameras went inside, our photojournalist Nick Petrillo felt his hand burning and saw a scratch on his wrist. Simpson put Holy water on him.
SCOTT TOWNSHIP (KDKA) ? A man shopping at a Walmart in the South Hills got more than a bargain while shopping for some bananas.
He got a pinch from a scorpion.
The man says a Wal-Mart representative told him even the fruit company was surprised that a scorpion would be able to survive the long journey in a box of bananas.
It happened at the Washington Pike store around 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The man, from the South Hills, didn?t want to be identified.
?Standing there in a state of disbelief, not really believing that a scorpion had just grabbed onto me in Scott Township,? he told KDKA.
The man had his 2-year-old and 3-year-old children in the cart when he reached into the box of bananas and felt a pinch.
?I yanked my arm out and flung it, and this scorpion flopped to the ground,? he said. ?I was standing there in disbelief looking and there was another shopper there and people started to converge, and sure enough it was a scorpion.?
The South Hills man threw a lid over and quickly killed it.
He wasn?t seriously injured, but did see a doctor to check it out. The man says the experience has made him think twice before reaching into a box of bananas again.
The man says Wal-Mart did offer to pay for his medical bills.