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Old 11-15-2014, 05:17 AM   #1
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A couple of years ago I made the mistake of trusting a PC technician selling PCs he builds himself from a kit. About two months after receiving it, the hard drive failed and when I called a local technician, he recommended replacing it rather than fixing it, so I did. What he discovered was the original HDD was a not new but had been refurbished. If possible, I would like to salvage it and use it for backup. Is it worth repairing or should I just throw it away? It's 750 GB.
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Kind of depends what failed on it. If it is just it would not load/run the operating system, it still can be used. If the board failed still possible to be replaced with another just like it. If it does not "spin up" i.e. bad motor it is trash.

Unless there are files that real important, not worth messing with, IMO.

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Normally hard drives are repaired only for the purposes of data recovery. Such repairs are considered temporary and not sufficiently reliable for continued use. Even if you do the work yourself the cost could easily exceed that of a new drive. And after the drive is functioning you may find it has other problems.
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It never makes sense to try to repair them as parts would be very tough to find unless you found the same drive used and you still would not know if the parts you need actually work.
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Thanks, guys. I will take your advice and throw it away and release the whole experience.

I learned an important lesson -- to buy technology products from trusted sources only.
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