Replace harddrive or buy new MB?

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  1. spellflower macrumors regular

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    This evening my MacBook started makng some weird clicking sounds and then froze up. I tried to restart it but all I got was a light blue screen with a folder and a blinking question mark.

    I'm afraid the hard drive may be toast, and I'm going to the genius bar tomorrow to find out.

    This machine is just a month shy of its third birthday. Stupidly, I did not get around to buying apple care before it's first birthday, so if I do replace the HD it will be on my own dime.

    I'm wondering if it's worth replacing the HD on a 3 year old machine, or if I'm better off getting by on my iPhone until the new MacBooks come out.

    What would you do?
     
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    Basically what it comes down to is..

    Spend <$100 to buy a new HDD for a 3 year old machine and spend the time to install and transfer data.
    Spend <$1000 on a shiny new MBP.

    Because you didn't buy Apple Care and it's a 3 year old machine, I would just buy a new one. If the video card or logic board go next it makes no sense to repair those and you will end up buying a new mac anyway.
     
  3. stev3n macrumors 6502

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    I would buy a new HDD and then sell your MB. Then use the money toward buying a new one.
     
  4. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    Replace the hard drive and get snow leopard if you havn't already. 3 years is young for a laptop.

    Did you backup data?
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    A new hard drive is a lot cheaper than Apple Care. I'd say you lucked out.

    A new drive you buy today for $100 will be larger and maybe faster then the old on. Maybe even spend some real $$$ and go with a solid state drive and make the old MB much faster
     
  6. spellflower thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I did a time machine backup two weeks ago.

    My MB never had any trouble, and Leopard was working fine for my needs.

    I just don't want to throw good money after bad.
     
  7. iRedZ macrumors newbie

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    Replacing the HDD is probably the best way to go. If you know where to go, you can get one for less than $60
     
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    So if Apple wants to sell me a new drive and install it for me I should decline and seek one from a third party?

    I don't have any experience with the insides of computers and I would prefer to have someone install the new drive who knows what they're doing, but I live in NYC so there are repair shops other than Apple available.

    Of course, that all depends on if it is the HD. It could be something else for all I know, but I'll find our this afternoon.
     
  9. molala macrumors 6502a

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    See if you are comfortable doing this...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2CxSAVwFqE

    I would do it myself than be charged >$100 for labor.

    If it's just the HD and nothing else is wrong with your MacBook, I'd say it is worth keeping or selling. Good luck.
     
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    Thanks for the video, molala. I think I can handle that. The genius bar said it was just the hard drive. They offered to put in a new drive for free labor since the top case was cracked and could be replaced for free at the same time, but they wanted $130 for a 160GB drive, so I decided to just have them fix the top case and order a bigger drive for less cash and put it in myself.

    Can anyone recommend a drive?
     
  11. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    Western Digital Scorpio Blue
     
  12. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    Anything except Seagate at the moment. The toshiba's and hitachi's seem quieter than the western digitals. If you're lucky, you might find a Fujitsu, which are fast and quiet, but they stopped producing them a few years ago.
     

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