Failed hard drive

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Registered: 11-17-2003
Failed hard drive
Mon, 08-20-2012 - 6:59pm

 My Macbook was being very slow and then quit working so I took it to the shop. They called and said the hard drive needs to be fixed, and it would cost $300.  I don't have that to spend on my laptop, and just for running tests on it would be $79..that seems high for seeing what the problem was.

I feel like I just fixed this same problem. An Apple is not cheap to being with so why does it seem that this same problem keeps happening?

I've been told "hard drives fail", and "it's one of those things that wear out"..but yearly?  Or so it feels like..honestly it may been 2 years ago, not more than that though.

Any way to look up what all has been fixed?  Work has been done on it in GA and CO.  I'd like a fixed Apple, but $300 is A LOT. I can use my husband's computer for now.

 Thanks, Sarah

Avatar for emty_nstr
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Registered: 05-25-1999
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 6:12pm

Sorry to hear about your hard drive. I am a PC person so have never had any dealings with Mac. In one way you are lucky because there are some places that charge $125 just to look at it.

Hard drives should last longer than that though. And yes hard drives do fail, but it seems for it to go twice is not right.

Did they replace the hard drive the last time? Then that would mean that you had 2 go bad on the same machine there has to be a reason. That is just to much...

I don't know the answer, wish I did.

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Registered: 06-07-2004
Wed, 08-22-2012 - 2:54pm
I am a do it yourself-er but with PCs only. I have had the same thing happen but I can do all the work myself. The hard drive was warrantied but all they do is send you a replacement one. Its nice to get a free one but honestly they are not that much anyway, the majority of the expense is paying for repair shop labor,
They may have given you a refurbished drive the last time, which means more of a chance it will break sooner.
Whats really annoying is that one can buy a whole brand new windows laptop for less then $300 these days. I know it does not compare in quality to a Mac, but considering they want to charge you $300 just to FIX yours, wow.
Avatar for CMEvelyn
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Registered: 05-29-2012
Thu, 08-23-2012 - 1:58pm
Did you have a backup? It seems to me a new hard drive wouldn't even cost near that much.