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Discussion in 'Computer Science & Culture' started by Bowser, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    So my laptop is taking a crap and I need to dump my files somewhere before it dies. Is there a free, secure and dependable service online where I can upload my files. Google Drive? I don't trust Google.
     
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  3. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    How about a flash drive.!!!
     
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  5. Kittamaru Now nearly 40 pounds lighter. Staff Member

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    If you don't trust Google, then I doubt you have cause to trust any of the free file hosts that would hold enough space to be worthwhile.

    An external hard drive runs about 75 to 200 (I just bought an 8 terabyte drive for $150)
     
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  7. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    That might be a good option. Most my files are images and videos, some documents and tax forms.

    That might be overkill for my needs.
     
  8. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    I use google drive for general stuff such as non personal pics... mov... an docs... an flash drives for back-ups... an i keep the flash drives in a safe.!!!

    For personal... legal stuff... i use flash drives an keep 'em one safe... an paper copies of docs in a diferent safe.!!!

    At least one back up for stuff you woudnt want to lose is a must.!!!
     
  9. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    The important thing is to have more than one backup in case any one of them goes sideways.
     
  10. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    The flash drive is a good idea--didn't even cross my mind. Thanks.
    Another good point. I purchased a 128 flash drive on Amazon this morning. My priority at this point is to get everything dumped before the system crashes.
     
  11. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    Hmmm... which event will occur first... arrival of flash drive or system crash.???

    flash drive

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  12. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    Well, Amazon sent me a defective flash drive, so I sent it back and bought another at Best Buy. Turns out my USB is 3.0. I managed to transfer about 50GBs of files within a couple hours. Thanks for the suggestion, CH.
     
  13. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    Feels good to be "backed-up" dont it

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  14. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    My Documents and Pictures Folders were the important ones. I would have survived had I lost the other stuff. But it's good to have all of it secured. Some day I might actually go through those folders and weed out the garbage.
     
  15. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    I perty well have junk weeded out but i still have a bunch of older pics that id like to label to make 'em easy to find.!!!
     
  16. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    I put our vacation pic's and videos on DVDs. They looked great since my printer can print to the face of the disc. Unfortunately our dog found those DVDs and chewed them up pretty bad. One day I will make another set.
     
  17. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    Next time add "Not a Chew Toy" to the DVD labels.!!!
     
  18. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    just in the nick of time. The screen broke off the hinges and the laptop wireless stopped working. Fortunately I have a Linux Mint machine on which to fall back. I'm not certain I will ever buy another Toshiba. This was my second. Though they remain functional, the mechanical elements don't hold up very well.
     
  19. Kittamaru Now nearly 40 pounds lighter. Staff Member

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    In my experience (having spent a few years repairing them, among other brands), Toshiba's biggest issue is the mounting hardware they use for their screens - in anything below their flagship models, they used metal bolts that had serrated teeth on the outer edges for the screws holding the hinge assemblies to secure into - these bolts were simply pressed into the plastic of the laptop chassis - no glue, nothing.

    Of course, over time, and many iterations of opening and closing, and the typical wiggling and vibration that comes with the unit being moved, the forces exerted on these mounting points would result in the plastic slowly wearing away, and the bolts coming loose until they could finally slip free - at which point, the only thing holding the screen hinges in place is the tension forces from the shell being clasped together - which is not a whole lot in the grand scheme of things.

    My typical "repair" for this was to add some gorilla glue to the mounting holes and press the bolts back in, and then melt a bit of scrap plastic into/around them and melt it to the chassis, to help secure it in place. This would often hold for a few months to a year at least... but unfortunately it simply wasn't a lot of mounting space for the comparative weight of the screen.
     
  20. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    The hin
    the hinge did come loose from the screen awhile back, and I managed to drill a hole through the screen and use a bolt and nut to repair the problem. Shortly after the hinge broke in half. I twas then hanging from one hinge, which also broke.
     
  21. Kittamaru Now nearly 40 pounds lighter. Staff Member

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    Ah, I'm guessing it was one where the screen had a pair of rails on either side that ran down to a flat plate hinge assembly, where two or three screws on either side held it to the chassis? Yeah, not the most stable design to say the least

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  22. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    The hinges are metal, but the fasteners were plastic. This is my second Toshiba. I've found that the mechanical aspects are lacking, yet the system keeps working even as the case falls apart. My first Toshiba required the replacement of the power jack several times. but even then the case began to fall apart until we finally replaced it with a Del (the laptop I'm using now). The most recent Toshiba was supposed to be for my daughter, but she didn't like it so it became ours. We get about two to three years of use out of them. The Del is sturdy enough, but it has quirks that make it frustrating to use.
     

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