By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Cass_Merrehill]Cass Merrehill
You see, to be honest, the majority of the time I recommend throwing the thing away and purchasing a new one. Really, it is just the best thing to do much of the time. You see, PCs, more than vehicles, are made with a built in obsolescence. Unless of course you have your equipment designed to run some fixed software - like large companies do - or you are still using the original Word and an old Epson Dot Matrix printer, the chances are that the Internet & hand-helds and all that have made upgrading even more crucial.
The other aspect is - do they manufacture your hard drive or processor anymore?
The other thing is - is it a "sealed unit" where nobody can open it and have a examination.
So right away we are into a few barriers - which is why 80% of notebooks in active use are under three years old.
So - what do I do? Mostly, I'm fixing notebooks less than three years old. It isn't so much they are badly made - there are many mishaps they can have - being dropped, water damage, malware attack and obviously - owner attack too.
The most typical is the hard drive. Yes they are robust and taking into consideration what they do I would say they are amazingly trustworthy. But when the heads are skimming thousandths of an inch above the platten - it is a bad time to have thump or bump on the equipment. Too many of these and you get a hard drive break down. Even today there are still many people who don't do regular back ups. This is easily the most common repair.
What we do is take the hard drive out and using a hardware/software device (you can buy them too of course) is copy off all the info on the drive. Even after failure most of it is still there - even 99.9% The problem is when the 0.1% is slap bang in the middle of the boot up sequence or other essential windows system file.
When we go truly online - and this is taking place - that will be the end of a major source of the problem - big businesses & Google do of course have thorough back up procedures in place - when a hard drive goes they just throw it away and put in a new one (hot swop) without missing a beat or breaking sweat.
Till then - honestly - best guidance is back up and buy a new one - new drive or new PC. An old PC just can't keep up - even if it were in great working order, it was never designed to cope with the demands put upon it today. So why try.
Cass works with Merrehill Ltd who do many forms of marketing for UK Businesses as well as [http://www.laptopsrepair.co.uk]Laptop Repair in Basingstoke.
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