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Dan Trevino

Computer Crashed, Can Anyone Help With Sequences?

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Hello all. This is my 7th year of using LOR and I've never had any problems. I've got all my lights installed and went to turn the computer on and the hard drive has failed. All my sequences, audio, santa & elf jokes, demented elf voice overs, everything was on there. I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share some of their smaller sequences? I only use 48 channels (32 for the house & yard and 16 for a spinning tree). For now, I just have the lights turned on as a static display, so I'll take anything. Thanks so much. -Dan

My lights pretty much just flow up and down or right to left, nothing fancy. Here's a short video I took with my phone last year.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2529516949489&set=vb.1000437702&type=3&theater

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I had a hard drive fail one time but was still able to get the files off. I have a cable you connect to the hard drive and the usb port on the computer. I was then able to retrieve the files. You might check with a computer repair place.

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Yes, a SATA to USB adapter will work only as long as the drive is not physically damaged, if it is just a bad motherboard or currupt data then it should be possible to retrieve the data. In the case of a MB issue just the adapter and a working computer is needed. If the HD controller is bad or the data currupt special recovery software may be needed. In the case of a damaged drive it must be sent in to a speciality repair facility to have the drive disassembled for data retrieval, which is very expensive. But by all means try the adapter first as it is not expensive and may solve your issue. (You must be able to remove the bad drive from the laptop) good luck.

As to your need for sequences I have several 32 channel if you need them, and I will be home on the 29th, so if you still need them PM me with your email and I will send them.

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Before you do anything else, try this: Unplug the computer from the wall, if it is a laptop, take the battery out, hold down the power button for 30 seconds. This will reset that bios battery and sometimes it will bring Windows back.

You can also try doing the above and holding in the windows button then pressing the power button and holding 3 seconds, keeping the windows button pressed until it comes up.

I don't have any sequences together, am waiting for another computer as LOR 3.8.0 won't work correctly on this one whatever I do.

Another thing you can do sometimes is reset the ram sticks and unplug and replug the hard drive.

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Sign up for a free dropbox account... All my sequences are saved on their. Plus on the backup HD on my desktop computer... Plus a copy on my external HD. Can't have too many backups. Sorry to hear about your troubles... Send me a PM with your email and I'll send you what ever you need to get you up and running... I'm home all day tomorrow.

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yeah +1 on back ups, i have 2 flash drives and google documents holding my back ups, not to mention a laptop and the show desktop pc.....hope you get it fixed.

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Sign up for a free dropbox account... All my sequences are saved on their. Plus on the backup HD on my desktop computer... Plus a copy on my external HD. Can't have too many backups. Sorry to hear about your troubles... Send me a PM with your email and I'll send you what ever you need to get you up and running... I'm home all day tomorrow.

You are so right, mine are on my iMac, laptop, server, offline storage, and on iPage online. As you so correctly put it, never enough backups. There are only two kinds of computer users, those who have had a hard drive fail, and those who will.

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