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Hi, I'm Robert and I'll be helping you with your computer question.
If you are most concerned about the data you can send it to a data recovery service. If you google it the larger ones will show up first. They do pretty much nothing but data recovery and are very good at it.
In your situation it should not be hard to get the data off. In fact if you hook the drive up as a secondary drive to another computer than you should be able to browse it and copy anything off without much problem as the computer wont be running anything on the drive, so if it is a virus it wont be started.
If you want to try turning it on my advise would be to try to turn it on in safe mode. usually you can get there by hitting F8 repeatedly while starting the computer. and selecting safe mode.
If that works you can do a system restore to a couple of days ago before the problem started. But the thing you are describing sounds more like what happens when you have a key stuck on your keyboard or stuck button on the mouse or a bad connection between the keyboard and the computer and might be easily fixed by trying to plug a new keyboard in or a new mouse or just unplugging and replugging them in. or even starting without a keyboard to see if it stops the jumping around.
Thank you Robert. Which of the options would you do? If I were to hook it up to another computer, does it have to be a Mac or can it be a PC? And if I do, can I copy my entire hard drive data over to the PC? How do I go about doing that? What are the steps.
Would you trust a data recovery company with personal data such as social security number information from tax files, etc.? If I went this route....
If I tried 'safe mode', how do I get my data off. can I copy it to disc in safe mode?
I think I would try unplugging and replugging the mice and keyboard first or using different ones if you have them. If you can get into safe mode I would try that as well
Yes you can copy your data to another drive or to a flash drive if you are in safe mode just drag and drop or highlight it right click and select copy then open a window on the other drive and right click and select copy
I can understand your worries and I guess there is no way to be sure but those guys do a lot of work and I doubt they have time to go looking for personal data. But I cant guarantee it.
Yes you can use a pc and you should be able to read both parts of the drive but the pc side for sure. You might need some sort of program to read the mac side. I would have to look it up. it depends how it was formatted.