I really thought it was nothing. A blue screen appeared on my computer and I thought it was just one of those minor issues. After all, it was just sad face on a blue screen. How bad could it be, right? Well, I was wrong. I waited for my computer to restart but it never happened. I used another computer to research about the blue screen I was seeing. That was when I learned about the blue screen of death or BSoD.

Blue screens are generally caused by problems with your computer’s hardware or issues with its hardware driver software. Sometimes, they can be caused by issues with low-level software running in the Windows kernel. Sometimes it’s a sign of an imminent hard drive crash. If you are hearing hard drive clicking sounds, it could be much more serious. Regular apps usually won’t be able to cause blue screens. If an app crashes, it will do so without taking the operating system out with it.

(Via: https://www.howtogeek.com/163452/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-blue-screen-of-death)

I tried troubleshooting the BSoD but I couldn’t do it myself. There were a lot of ways to troubleshoot it, based on the research I did online. Unfortunately, none of them worked for me. Truth be told, some of the ways to troubleshoot a BSoD sounded pretty technical.

In my futile attempt to troubleshoot the BSoD, my computer just kept on restarting. Each time it did, the BSoD just kept on coming back. That was when I really started to panic. Then it dawned on me; was I going to get back my files?

I had no idea at that point. So, I shut down my computer and sought help. Since then, I’ve not seen the BSoD. I hope I don’t see it soon. After that experience, I’d like to share that there’s life after experiencing the BSoD.  It maybe an annoying experience but the BSoD is not that bad after all.

Although a BSoD won’t damage your hardware, it can ruin your day. You’re busy working or playing, and suddenly everything stops. You’ll have to reboot the computer, then reload the programs and files you had open, and only after all that get back to work.

And you may have to do some of that work over. When Windows crashes, it takes everything in RAM with it. If you were working on, say, a document, you will lose everything written since your word processor last saved to disk.

BSoDs have another negative effect: They encourage sociably unacceptable language. If there’s a young child within earshot when your screen goes blue, their vocabulary may go blue in another meaning of the word.

Aside from these problems, a single, rare BSoD is nothing to worry about. But if they start happening frequently, you’ve got a problem that needs to be addressed.

(Via: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2026248/can-a-bsod-hurt-my-computer-.html)

I must admit that I was guilty of blurting out some sociably unacceptable language, which, of course, stemmed from the sheer frustration of not being able to resolve the issue. Then again, that’s not a good excuse.

For a non-techy person like me, the best way to survive the BSoD is to seek help. Going online to find possible ways to troubleshoot it just pretty much confused me. I actually found it quite hard to understand all the possible ways to troubleshoot the BSoD in the midst of a panic attack. I feared for my files. I just couldn’t afford to lose them.

I’ve moved on since then. I survived the BSoD. All my files are back. If it does happen again, I’m going to seek technical help from an expert. It’s worth it to get with an experienced technician to resolve the issue. Needless to say, it saves a lot of time.

The BSoD is just one of the many issues a computer-user, like me, can experience in a lifetime. There are other serious issues that can lead to computer failure and data loss. For serious computer issues that result to data loss, the tips on hard disk recovery are very useful.