Sooo, last December I was using my laptop when I got a BSD. I restarted and it tried to boot up and found no OS. Ever again.
A friend helped me try to solve the problem and (for what we can tell) the HD formed a bad sector right on the boot directory and so all of the data is (mostly) there, but without an index to tell it where the pieces are, it wasn't ever going to boot up again. I got a file recovery program and tried to capture all that I could... but it captured copies of everything and some of it wound up corrupt and I have, like, 1.5TB of information off of a drive that only had 150GB of data used on it. *sigh*
Anyways, just as I was about to try to get it fixed and stuff, my job happened and my soul got sucked away and it's sat here forever since.
At some time last month I sent off an Email to the company I have my extended warranty through. They gave me a phone number to the support center. So last Friday I gave them a call and reported the computer, finally. Their tech center called today to tell me that they were shipping a box in the next few days to send them my computer with.
I can't wait to have my laptop back. But, part of me is a little nervous--While the data is "recovered", what I have isn't really an image of the bad drive, but what it pulled off of it, however it pulled it off, and obviously with some issues (If I had a file called "data file", I have multiples of it titled "data_file_1", "data_file_2", "data_file_3", etc... which is how I have 1.5TB of files from 150GB of original files..) Part of me wants to hold onto the drive just in case I can find a better way of recovering the whole and real files. But... I might not be able to. *sigh* A drive of the same type would cost about $45 on Tiger Direct, but since Acer didn't send me an actual Windows disk, and replacing the HD by myself might void my warranty, I guess I have to send it all back to them and when they get it find out if they'll send me back the broken one anyways.