Welp, my comp pooped out and I am having to start from scratch again. HOW can TWO hard drives go out at once? That's what they say; "they won't even spin". Is that possible?
This is a MAJOR video loss to me. I had well over 3/4 of my HD free, too, so it couldn't have been "too full". Now, over 150 full movies are gone, not to mention several hundred shorter videos (music, etc.). Major loss. Then there's several TONS of other works and projects... all gone. Sometimes I wonder why I even mess with computers. This hurts almost as much as loosing a ferret. :sad:
"They" (comp repair shop) still have "it" ("the beast"); they are trying some more recovery techniques. They asked me what files mean the most to me. Well, uh, that rather HEAVY video folder on the desktop would be nice.
In the meantime, I had to do what I had to do: get another comp (pc btw). Several days without the net and I start getting crazy. $130 - "Ten times the machine I had" they said. We'll see. Got it home and guess what?: Round plugs on my mouse and kb and USB plugs on the back; no round ones!
Well, they were nice enough to bring a mouse and kb that would work, right to my house. That was cool, as I had to arrange a ride to get there. Then, in starting to recover programs and stuff I need to save/burn DVDs, etc., it seems that one of them came with a bunch of poorly coded malware that got in there. Next thing I know, I can't hardly do squat because of odd errors and stuff! Called them back. The guy actually came back to my place and fixed it (and explained what happened). They didn't want to take the gas money I made them take the first trip, so I made them earn it.
He was fine with it ("Customer service" he called it). Fine with me. Dude is FAST!!! I've been on the comp for about 15 years, and I couldn't keep up with what he was doing and I was sitting right beside him. He knows his stuff.
He said he uses Realplayer for downloads. I got all that malware junk from downloading the latest version of Youyube Downloader (not the same as the old). So, I have been using it giving it a try-out. Works ok so far; it gets those "age restricted" videos that YTD wouldn't get. But, when trying to download large movies, it is now stopping half way through, simply saying "unable to download". Why not, bleepit?!? I'm trying to recover the full "Good, Bad and Ugly" while it is still on Youtube, but Realplayer is dropping the ball. :a
Twice now it has done that (not counting the time it ditched the download when I hit "clear completed"). So, three times I have tried to download this almost three hour long movie. This last time, I let it completely alone, too. NOTHING going on but to DL that bleep movie! Ironically, it'll dl a smaller video in a heartbeat with no problems. In the meantime, all these titles keep coming back to mind to try and recover. Many are off Youtube forever (or a long time).
So, if anyone has any advice (or sympathy), I sure could use it. I'll be checking the individual forums for insight on "data recovery" (aka $$$$.$$), etc.