My hard drive crashed Friday. *As terrible as that was, one good thing was that I had a few of my important files printed out on hard copy. *But not all. *Nor did I have them backed up elsewhere. *I was intending to get to that, esp. since the last time the computer started acting up - but just didn't get to it. *Then, CRASH! *Another good thing that happened was that it didn't take long (comparatively speaking) talking to someone in India before he proclaimed "I'm going to send you a new hard drive." *It arrived Tuesday. * (Thank you, Dell.) *Obviously, it is installed & I am back online - after figuring out my router & my cordless phone share the same frequency. *(Actually, they are quite selfish about the frequency & my phone won.) *A call to Belkin on a corded phone fixed that. *ALWAYS keep a corded phone in the house.
The bad thing. *When it crashed, the screen said 'no operating system found.' * Does anyone know if there is any hope for retrieving any of my work on that old hard drive? *If so, how? *And, how about recommendations for backing up files? *Just burn them onto a CD? *I had a huge list of 'favorite' sites saved for my business. *All gone. *Anyone ever have this happen? *I realize how much I depend on my computer - TOO much.