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Default It has been an 'interesting' week

Monday started it all. My computer was toast. Went to town, stopped at the post office, an apparently lost my spare set of keys - IN my Jeep. Still haven't found my keys. Then, to top it off, dropped my cell phone in the toilet. Finally retrieved that, drained the water out of it, screen and all still worked, tried charging it, as it was low anyway. Long story short, finally got it to actually charge for more then half an hour at a time and get back to 'normal', after a couple of days. It doesn't beep after it is charged now, otherwise seems to be OK.

Then yesterday I realized the horror part. I am currently making major revisions of most of my cane handle designs, revisions of my figure bank design, and a couple of other projects. And all my sketches and photos are on my computer. Can't print any of them, which will be essential, but that is no biggie and can be taken care of. No, the real problem is, I can't access any of the information I will need. Oh, I can get along without it, but only by taking a LOT longer to redo all my previous work. Right now I am typing this on the laptop I bought a week or so ago, and my son set up for me, and brought it back on Tue or Wed.

I'm sure there is SOME way to access the files, but to call me computer illiterate would be very polite. The son says a mother board is fried, and as I bought it off of evilBay, I should just buy another.

The Gods will have their little joke.

Once I get up and running again, I will need to get some paper that I can print a few designs on (inkjet printer), and then when I glue it down, the paper will turn invisible, or close enough. I've been looking and thought onion skin paper would work, but then found sites saying that tracing paper would be even better. Any valid information on this would be very appreciated.

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Theo you can get a computer repair shop to transfer all your files from the old hard drive to the new one if there is nothing wrong with the hard drive.

I always just used the regular printer paper making designs and if I needed to remove the paper after I used water based glue, LV's fish glue.

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I back up my important files to a "cloud" storage service called DropBox. I can store up to a couple of gigabits of info for FREE and can access them from any computer with an internet connection. I also use those little thumb drives to keep info that I don't want to lose in case of a system crash.

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I feel for ya Theo.... my old laptop crapped out and I still need to retrieve files and photo's off of it. As Charles mentioned, as long as the hard drive is good, it can easily be transferred to the new laptop.
In my case, I just got to get up off my butt and go have it done.

I've never heard of using tracing paper in a printer...thats an interesting idea...

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An ancient Chinese curse "may you live in interesting times." Your week sounds like it was total bummer.

But as Chuck has pointed out, the hard drive may be intact even though the mother board is fried. Take the computer to a shop and have them check the hard drive. It may be possible to recover your files.

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Theo, I agree with the others.

My lap top had a motherboard failure recently. when they finally received a good one from HP, I lost nothing as the hard drive was not affected.

Take the PC to a computer store and they can retrieve all the data.

Buy yourself a USB powered external HD and copy all your files to that as a backup.

You can get 3TB drives these days.

I have a HD in the PC and 6 external HD's with my main files (video, photos, woodworking etc).

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Hi guys. Thanks, I think I'll be making some changes once I get going again. I'm pretty sure the hard drive is still good, going by what little I got out of my son. At times it's worse than trying to pull teeth to get information out of him, and even worse when he provides little or no detail. I need to get back to him, and talk to him some to decide my next move. Even that will be hard. Kids.

I've got some delicate designs, about two actually, that I will be wanting to transfer to wood, with minimum fuss or expense. I could actually use carbon paper, and may ultimately wind up doing just that. But don't want to do that, because then I'll be getting minor discrepencies from copy to copy. So, I'm looking for paper that I can print my design on, trim the paper, then when I glue it down, the paper pretty much turns transparent/invisible, except under very close scrutiny, leaving the black line design in view. I will be using Titebond II to glue the paper down on a dried thinned layer, then another two-three coats over that. The Titebond dries to a amberish color, which I figure will help to hide the paper even more. I've printed on thin clear plastic before, but that tends to smear a bit at times, and I'm not sure how well it would glue down. If worse comes to worse I figure I have been gathering information on stamp making (most of which is total BS, and useless), and have finally amassed sufficient information to where I figure I can make a working silicone stamp - and reproduce it quickly and easily if need be, once the original is done. That will take a lot of time and effort, and really am not enthralled by the thought of that route anyway.

I'll let you all know how things finally wind up. Thanks.

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