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Windows 7: stolen laptop. devastated

06 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
stolen laptop. devastated

I use my laptop for everything especially for work. I put an unbelievable amount of work into tweaking and modifying the hardware like buying new ram and an SAD drive accessories etc. Someone crept into my apartment and stole it. The really sad thing is that the machine is not really worth very much. At best $300. It has scratches and marks but I using mind those. Its sad because its been everywhere with me. For someone to take your main posessession away like that especially your work tool is a sad day.

Fortunately I had made an ISO image of my machine about 3 weeks ago.

Moral of the story some people are bad and so unbelievably selfish. And back up your data! You have been warned!

Also my machine had all my passwords on there BUT they were encrypted in a code only I understand. So again that might be another tip!

Apologies if mistyped I am writing this on my phone. Regards lister

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06 Dec 2011   #2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

They do have tracking devices now-a-days

But sorry to hear about your loss. Hope you can find a relatively cheap one that wont set you back too much. Too many jerks out there on the loose
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06 Dec 2011   #3

Dual Boot: Windows 7 Pro & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1

You should always have a program like Prey - Open Source or Absolute LoJack on your laptop.

I am very sorry that your laptop got stolen though, it must feel like you just got punched in the stomach.
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06 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)

Thanks. Yeah feels really bad. I mean the thief will get $300 max for my machine but the distress and inconvenience to me is huge.

I guess we live and learn. Next machine will be much more secure and better guarded.

Still, I feel sorry for the thief. To stoop to such a low level. Anyways got to move on. Just wanted to share the above with you guys because you have all been so helpful in the past.-
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06 Dec 2011   #5

Win 7, 32bit, Premium

Thanks for sharing your experience. Keep following up with the police. You may also want to check local pawn shops, etc for your laptop.

Off-subject, but may I ask what time of day the burglary occurred ? I live in an apartment and would like to say apts generally may be less subject to burglaries ?
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06 Dec 2011   #6

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Thanks for the thought, reminds us to keep our stuff locked up tight, cause you know we sometimes forget to.
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06 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)

I live in an apartment block and my side door was closed but not locked. Someone came in when I was asleep. Bad experience but cod have been worse.
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06 Dec 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP


What program did you use to make the backup image? ISO is an unusual format.

We can help you reimage and optimize your new computer so that it's much better than a new computer and maybe even the old one.

If you don't use the laptop for heavy tasks like video editing, there are great new deals every Sunday at Best Buy, Staples and Office Depot for solid laptops in the $350 range for dual-core, 3-4gb RAM, 500gb HD, and another $50-100 for Core Ix. I could do multi-tasking with a dozen windows open on one of these and make it last ten years running as fast as any $1500+ Apple. So you don't need to spend a lot.
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07 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

Holy jones lister, I'm really really sorry about what happened to you. Just glad it didn't turn out worse, and you were wise to encrypt your passwords...that's one big worry you don't need to have, at least.

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07 Jan 2012   #10

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What program did you use to make the backup image? ISO is an unusual format.
Sorry that was a typo i meant that I have saved the image of the machine using windows backup...
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