Being a guy who works with computers, I’m called upon by friends and relatives to fix technical issues. This also makes me the unofficial PC technical support for my mom’s church.
Today my mom called me saying their main church PC wouldn’t boot. I took a copy of Spinrite and the Ultimate Boot CD to the church, discovering the BIOS reported that the hard drive was unbootable. Spinrite couldn’t even see it, although the BIOS did detect it. None of the Ultimate tools worked. So I unplugged it, dusted it off, then plugged it in again, and it still couldn’t be recognized.
Next step: plug it into my own computer and see if I can access it and recover any of its data using Disk Investigator and other free tools. If THAT doesn’t work, then I’ll be taking it to and see if they can recover any of its data.
It contained ALL the church members for newsletters and all that fun information that churches collect, and they had no backups, of course.