Back up all of your files IMMEDIATELY. I learned this the hard way.
I went to get on my laptop yesterday morning and all I saw was a calming blue screen. This was not good. I turned if off then on again and got the same screen. It was a little less calming that time. So I called Mr. D and told him what I saw. He asked if I'd turned it off and on again. I said I had and he asked if I was sure. Feeling a little irritable I sharply reminded him "I know how to turn off a dang computer!" Then for his entertainment, I turned it off and on again. Same screen, even less calming. So he said, "I don't know what to tell you." I called my brother.
He asked if I had turned the computer off and on again. I said yes. He asked if I was sure. What the...? "I know how to turn off a damn computer!" I snapped indelicately. Then for his entertainment, I turned it off then on again. Same blue screen, now more enraging than calming. "Sounds like your hardware's shot," he declared.
I took it to Best Buy and thankfully they did not ask me if I had turned it off and on again. Instead I was told that my computer didn't even recognize that I had a hard drive. I asked if that meant that all of my files were gone. He said, "maybe." I said, "don't say maybe! Maybe is bad! I have files I haven't backed up yet. No maybe!"
He pulled out my hard drive and found that my files could be retieved. Yay! Then he said that I could get a new hard drive and have my files trasferred to it but he was pretty sure that the mother board to my laptop was shot. Boo! He said he could do a diagnostic test that would cost me $70.00 but if it was the mother board he would have to send it out for repair that would cost around $400.00.
Let's do the math:
New hard drive $80.00
Transfer fee $80.00
Diagnostic fee $70.00
Mother board repair $400.00
That comes to roughly $630.00.
I need my computer. I need those files. My classes start Monday.
I bought a new computer and called it a day.