In this age of technology, at some point we've all been on our computers, working on something important and suddenly something happens. Either the battery finally dies, you spilled coffee all over the keyboard, or you get the dreaded blue screen of death, and everything you worked on is suddenly gone. Or even worse, especially with any of hardware damage or a blue/black screen, it could mean you just lost EVERYTHING on your computer - saved or not. What will you do?!? First, breathe. Even though your physical computer may be dead, the information inside is still salvageable.
A good word of advice to anyone reading this who has not yet experienced reviving information from a dead computer, backup EVERYTHING. Well, maybe not every last little thing, but at least the items you know are important and that you will need to have or use in the future. Companies like Apple and Google offer backups for documents, pictures, and other various files just in case something like this happens. But if you're not a cloud person and prefer saving everything to a good old fashioned hard drive, this is where it gets tricky.