Tuesday, February 07, 2006

My iBook Hard-drive is Toast...

Ok well this ibook lasted about 1 year and 3 months. Thanks to Adolph and his SuperDuper tip I have a fully bootable backup on a firewire drive…

Did the hard-drive fail because I use my computer so much, carrying it to-and-from work and to-and-from the coffee-shop? Or did the Laptop Gnomes, knowing that I had just blown my budget on plane tickets to Argentina and that my income would probably be severely reduced for next couple of months, decide that now was the most inconvenient and troublesome time to put biscuit batter in the hard-drive?

macservice.com says that they will put a new 40GB 5400 RPM hard-drive in for 195 of the dollars.. Is it worth it? Should I have gotten AppleCare? Does one wait for the new computers from Apple to come out, and by purchasing one take the risk of getting a 1st generation lemon?

Ay, ay ay, not something I wanted to be dealing with right now…

10 comments:

taggart said...

FIX it.........

todd said...

i think tag has a point. if it will at least work until your income comes back up then you will come out ahead. and start using Gnome-Away. works like a charm.

killy said...

fix it.

Pablo said...

Gnome-Away Did seem to work on the Red-haired Dr. Pepper Gnome; although, methinks it almost worked too well...

Pablo said...

Also, is there a place in town that does this kind of repair?

Adolph said...

A good chunk of the cost of putting that drive in is the act of cracking it open, putting it in and closing it up. Definitely consider a larger disk.

Pablo said...

A buddy of mine here recommended a local shop for repairs: Mac Alliance. Has anyone heard of them or used their services?

taggart said...

It's off of Old Koenig.....I took Adolph there a few weeks ago. I have not used them for repairs but I got a qoute from them once to fix my old Wallstreet.......
Nice People.

Pablo said...

I called a bunch of places:
'Happy Mac'
http://www.austinhappymac.com/

'Austin Mac Repair'
http://www.austinmacrepair.com/

and 'Mac Alliance'

Happy Mac seemed like a pretty good deal. They charge 150 for the service, plus whatever for the harddrive... so around 250+ to put a 60GB 5400 Seagate

Austin Mac Repair was pretty pricey, coming in at around 315+ for the same service...

Mac Alliance charges 275. I went with Mac Alliance because a buddy of mine used them before, and they had the part in stock...

todd said...

i am glad adolph said what i was thinking, namely bigger drive. and curse Gnome-Away for making me move to houston.