Solved Computer comes on but screen is blank. Can only get to setup

January 31, 2014 at 12:13:48
Specs: Windows 7
If I load default settings in BIOS for windows 7 will i lose all my data and files? My computer is a Dell Inspiron 570... I believe. It has power but when I turn it on the screen is black. I can get to the BIOS setup utility menu. i just wanna make sure if I load default settings I won't lose everything. The BIOS is the only thing i can get to on the computer and the screen only shows the option to hit F2 for a second. Tried to get to safe mode menu but have had no luck

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January 31, 2014 at 12:45:38
Another option - at least to save data etc. - all the "stuff" you don't want to lose - for whatever reason...

Download an Ubuntu ISO (ubuntu.com); save to a hard drive; burn to a DVD; boot the damaged system with that DVD.

It will (barring major hardware/RAM issues) load itself into RAM "only". You can then look for the "resident HDD" and copy all your "stuff" to external storage. Typically most will use DVD only; but I tend advocate two external storage media if possible. DVD - yes and also an external HDD. No storage medium is perfect... and if you have two sets of data - DVD and a HDD the likelihood of both failing at the same time is???

Then you can set about resolving what ails the damaged system - knowing data is safe elsewhere.

To slave the drive from the damaged system to another system; remove the drive from its present installation and connect it via a usb adapter. They come as simple set of cables and connectors; or a docking system - various styles (SATA only, EIDE only, SATA/EIDE). I have the cable set and it works fine; the docking system is tidier and allows possibly a few other minor benefits too. The cables systems come in as "very cheap" and a little less so. I wouldn't advocate the cheaper/cheapest version; go for something a little better - and perhaps check any reviews for them (typically Amazon.com or .co.uk)

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#1
January 31, 2014 at 12:20:25
"If I load default settings in BIOS for windows 7 will i lose all my data and files?"
No, not normally, but we don't know what the problem is, so anything can happen.

Safest way, is to slave it to another comp, run malware/virus scans on it & then recover your important stuff.

Then put it back into the Dell & try the bios.


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January 31, 2014 at 12:25:23
Okay thanks....but I don't know how to do that. I have an acer laptop that's working good

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#3
January 31, 2014 at 12:36:48
The Computer Was Working Fine The Other Day. Last night was able to get to safe mode and run a scan and had one threat unfortunately I don't remember what it was but I cleaned it.

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#4
January 31, 2014 at 12:38:33
slave one laptop hard drive another
http://is.gd/jyeKwL

An enclosure is one way.

laptop enclosure hard drive
http://is.gd/e4YYNM


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#5
January 31, 2014 at 12:45:22
The computer I'm having issues with is a desktop. Are those links to a step by step tto slave my laptop to desktop. I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed lol but not the dullest. Thank you for your help. Much appreciated

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January 31, 2014 at 12:45:38
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Another option - at least to save data etc. - all the "stuff" you don't want to lose - for whatever reason...

Download an Ubuntu ISO (ubuntu.com); save to a hard drive; burn to a DVD; boot the damaged system with that DVD.

It will (barring major hardware/RAM issues) load itself into RAM "only". You can then look for the "resident HDD" and copy all your "stuff" to external storage. Typically most will use DVD only; but I tend advocate two external storage media if possible. DVD - yes and also an external HDD. No storage medium is perfect... and if you have two sets of data - DVD and a HDD the likelihood of both failing at the same time is???

Then you can set about resolving what ails the damaged system - knowing data is safe elsewhere.

To slave the drive from the damaged system to another system; remove the drive from its present installation and connect it via a usb adapter. They come as simple set of cables and connectors; or a docking system - various styles (SATA only, EIDE only, SATA/EIDE). I have the cable set and it works fine; the docking system is tidier and allows possibly a few other minor benefits too. The cables systems come in as "very cheap" and a little less so. I wouldn't advocate the cheaper/cheapest version; go for something a little better - and perhaps check any reviews for them (typically Amazon.com or .co.uk)

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#7
January 31, 2014 at 12:51:59
"The computer I'm having issues with is a desktop"
Ok, you need to check if it is an IDE, Sata or other drive.

"Are those links to a step by step tto slave my laptop to desktop"
No, you have to change the keywords in the search to suit.

Also, you want to slave the desktop hard drive to the laptop.

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