well my old dell after 8 years, the hard drive died on me. question what do i have to do to change it? or should i just buy a new tower. how hard is it to change out the hard drive?
Oh ya if it's 8 years old it's time for an upgrade. I've had good success with www.egghead.com for parts. Even returns and tech support are pretty good.It is true that HDD are pretty cheap and easy to install. That is just your storage area though. If your system is 8 years old...it's time to move on. Even at $100 for a hard drive, I'd take that and put it towards a whole new tower. Maybe swap some of your other hardware like disc drives into a new "barebones" deal. Get some more / new RAM, mother board, better processor, video card etc. Take $350 to some site like Tiger.com and upgrade!
Man 8 years is a long time and your not much into fixing computers so i would say it's time to invest some money on a new computer. There are great deals out there and every manufacture has their pro's and con's. I work with DELL alot and i know they have some good deals on pc's with flat screens.do i upgrade to a whole new system or do i buy new parts for this one?
Then in a few months down the road you want more memory because of the programs your running requires it and you can't upgrade because your system is too old then you'll wish you upgraded. I think we already said pull the cover, the drive and go purchase a replacement since he has the install disks. But if he has the money for few hundred more he can upgrade and be good for the next 8 years. Take that information and make a decision.He's asking for help on how to replace the HDD and you guys are telling him to essentially build a new computer on his ownsphss. Sure it's not difficult if you know what you're doing, but I have to assume he doesn't.
Slot, if you can afford it, I would get a new machine unless the existing one is adequate enough for you, otherwise replacing the hard drive is usually a matter of 2 screws and 2 harness plugs. Just make sure you unplug the power first. When removing the old and installing the new, be sure keep one hand on the frame of the tower so as not to discharge an static electricity and possible fry other components.
You could go somewhere like best buy or and match up a new hard drive.
Did you backup your data before it crashed?
As others have said, changing the HD is easy. Fry's has 1T drives for $99; 300GB for a lot less. I have a computer about the same age - nothing else has broke, it works fine and I'm just now getting the imminent hard drive failure warning.
My new favorite computer is my 10" Asus laptop, weighing in at 3 pounds with a 6 hour battery, total plug and play for $250. It's almost the size of an old PDA!
The only con is no DVD due to its size. Other than that, like I said, it's the best $250 I ever spent on any computer product. I have a broadband USB stick with 8gb Micro mem built in, so it's a real compact package.[/B]
I almost picked one of those up back in December, Fry's had them on sale for about $250. I was thinking of using it as a Carputer & on the boat for running my ScannerPro software, How do you like it? pros, cons.