Need semi fast response, value of broken macbook

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  1. oefootball70 macrumors member

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    I am looking at buying a friends unibody macbook. His hard drive is fried. It has the 2.4 core duo. I am wanting to run 8 gb of ram and 500 gb hard drive on it. I currently run a black mac book with 2.16 core duo and I can only run 3 gb of ram.

    So what do you think the value of the 1 year old unibody mac book is? With a fried hard drive? I am not trying to pull one over his head, but I am not looking to fund his entire purchase of a new one.

    Thanks for the help in advanced.

    OE
     
  2. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    Saying that it is still in good condition, it would still be worth easily over $800, because hard drives are an easily user-replaceable item.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    www.mac2sell.net and eBay should give you good estimates.
    As the HDD is easily replaceable, it shouldn't make that much difference.

    from http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1080015
     
  4. oefootball70 thread starter macrumors member

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    I know I could replace it easy. But he couldn't. And I think he is wanting a new one anyways. I understand the 800 is the high end because another 100 for a good HD and you are only 99 dollars from a new one.

    I could see a in good condition with good HD sell for 750 to 800 so one that a normal person would not even touch 200-300?
     
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  6. oefootball70 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thats exactly what I said 750 to 800.

    So what do you think would be a good offer for one that is unusable and is going to take some time and money to get up and running again?
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    60 USD less than you would give, as getting a new HDD, 320GB can be had for 50 USD, is not really difficult and replacing the HDD should take less than ten minutes and reinstalling the OS should take around 30 minutes.
     
  8. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Because you know the history of the machine, and know it wasn't mistreated too much, that would also raise the value of it somewhat.
     
  9. oefootball70 thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay, thanks for the ideas. I have another question dealing with this unit.

    What is a logic board? Is that the mother board. If that is damaged, is it even worth dealing with?
     
  10. simsaladimbamba

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    Logic board is another name for mother board, and if it is broken, it costs around 400/500 USD to fix it.
     
  11. hayesk macrumors 65816

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    Yes, Logic board = mother board.
     
  12. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    Yes it is, and generally no it isnt.
     
  13. oefootball70 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have seen hundreds of how to replace hard drives written and youtube. But the mother board I have not. Is it as easy? Or much more involved?
     
  14. oefootball70 thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay, alot of steps: Yes

    Terrible hard: No

    He said he is going to reformat the hard drive... if he is able to do this. Then isn't it not the mother board. IDK what is wrong with this laptop. I wish he wasn't so far away so I could sit down and look at it.
     
  15. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    If the problem can be fixed by formatting the hard drive then it isn't a hardware issue at all... You really need more info about what is wrong with it before you can offer a fair price.
     
  16. oefootball70 thread starter macrumors member

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    I agree, I am going to get the phone number of the schools IT people that looked at it and see what test and what exactly they think it is.

    I will let you guys know how it all plays out.
     

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