| | Re: lightning strike
if I reinstall the os, i will loose all of my data. i dont really know how to back all of it up to save it all. i tried that last time (a little over a year ago), and i lost a very significant amount of my files. i have an external hard drive, and thought that i had coppied all of it, but on many, all i copied was the shortcut, and the data was gone. when i was in school, computers were something that you built yourself from a kit, cost a LOT of money, and were basically glorified calculators. windows software, heck, bill gates probably wasn't even a gleam in his fathers eye yet! by the time i really became interested in computers, budget cuts were so far reaching in the state budgets, that adult education was completely cancelled. which leaves me to plug along, learning at a cave mans pace. the amount of computer knowledge that i poses, would most likely fit into most of you guys and gals pinky fingernail compared to what you know. anyway, i have not yet tried to plug the external hard drive in yet, so i do not know if that survived the lightning or not. i hope it did. as far as a mother board, if it is damaged, how would i go about finding out which one it would need, so i could shop for a new one? i HATE being ripped off, and i know a lot of times, a shop would much rather sell you a new computer, than even look at your old one. i would actually love to be able to build my own computer, i am just the kind of person that likes to do that kind of thing. if i was pysically able, i would build my own car. but i have serious physical limitations that keep me from doing that.