The hard drive is the storage component of your PC. It’s where all your programs and data live. If it fails, the potential for disastrous data loss is huge!
There is also potential to save your data. Please see Data Recovery for more info on that.
Whether the data can be recovered or not, when a hard drive starts to go, you really have two options. You can replace the drive, or you can replace the whole computer. The real consideration is cost.
|Hard Drive Replacement||System Replacement|
|Cost of Drive ~ $80||
Cost of Quality PC ~ $600
Cost of Budget PC ~ $400
|Install Drive $45||Not required|
Clone, if necessary $150
(includes transfer of data to new machine
and install of operating system
|Clone not required, nor advised|
Data Transfer, if clone not necessary $97.50
(Includes install of operating system)
Data Transfer $97.50
(Includes System Setup)
|Total Cost $225 – $275||Total Cost $500 – $700|
If the system in question is running an out-of-date operating system, such as Windows Vista, or has a 32-bit processor or other obsolete components, we will recommend replacing the system.