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greyautumnrain
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Computer Woes
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So, my hard drive is once again on the brink of death. Luckily I have this laptop from work since I'm supposed to be keeping a beady eye on the network usage in London all weekend. Still, it is not my desktop, which I much prefer.

The last time my hard drive died was right after we brought Margaret home from the hospital. That time it took nearly three months to get fixed because I hadn't registered the Apple Care beforehand because Apple makes it a royal pain to do if you buy the computer from a reseller instead of the Apple store. I did get the drive replaced eventually, and now it is clearly failing again a scant four months later. I am not amused. Also, the Apple Care has just run out.

Given the lack of Apple Care, and the fact that this is the second hard drive failure in far too short a time, I'm going to assume that the computer just needs to be replaced. I am not amused. It used to be that you could count on the hardware lasting long enough to be considered obsolete. I would be tempted to get an non-Apple product, but I do really prefer their OS, and all our related equipment is Mac stuff. Sigh. One thing is certain, I am not springing for another tower.
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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: January 18th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Because I am a glutton for punishment I might be willing to buy the tower from you. I have crazed plans for a desktop mac...
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: January 20th, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Caveat Emptor

Um, sure. Technically it's Warren's machine, but upon consultation he's perfectly willing to sell. Um, what do you think is a fair price for a 3 year old G5 tower with a penchant for eating hard drives?
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: January 21st, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Caveat Emptor

Hmm. From ebay it looks like the sale price you should be able to get is significantly higher than the $100 I'm willing to allocate to this project at this time. Oh well.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: January 22nd, 2009 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Caveat Emptor

Perhaps, but I am too lazy to sell it on ebay. I'll happily let you have it for either $100 or for babysitting, your choice. Given our plans to do IVF in the future we'll need a sitter for Margaret if either retrieval or transfer fall on a weekend. Let me know if you're still interested. I have my new iMac now, so the hard-drive-eating tower is available for pickup as soon as you can collect it.
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: January 22nd, 2009 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Caveat Emptor

I would be thrilled to do babysitting.

Call it 6 hours of babysitting?

Woot! (Hmm, collecting it will require figuring out where you live...)

Would Saturday afternoon be a good time to come fetch it?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: January 22nd, 2009 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Caveat Emptor

Deal. Saturday would be great. We're at 127 Powderhouse
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: January 23rd, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Caveat Emptor

Great! I'll be there between 1 and 3pm if that's ok with you.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: January 23rd, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Caveat Emptor

See you then
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: January 18th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would also consider poking Apple about the failure; 4 months is too short for a harddrive.
mathhobbit From: mathhobbit Date: January 18th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've heard of cases where a bad hard drive controller destroyed hard drives, but never with a four month lag.

It might be worth poking around to see if there are environmental factors working against you. For example, my computer tends to suck a thick layer of dust onto all its vents, preventing it from cooling. If your computer was a laptop I'd ask if you'd dropped it or banged it around much. Etc.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 19th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
So the computer is three years old (because Apple Care lasts 3 years, and you said it's running out), right? Isn't that obsolete? ;-)

You could just install a new hard drive. Statistically, there's just occasional bad hard drives, and if they fail, I've heard they usually fail in their first few months of life, or after a long time of hard usage. Sounds like the latter for the first failure, and the former for the latest failure. A new hard drive (assuming you've got backups or some way to get all the data off the current one) should be expected to last a nice long time, and if that's the only thing giving you a problem, you wouldn't need a new machine.

-- Tom N.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: January 20th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suppose, but I've already ordered a new machine. I wouldn't want to be on the coincidence of two bad drives in a row.
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