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laptop ssd driveOne of the most common repairs that we get in is a laptop in need of a hard drive replacement. As of 2015 we’re now selling more solid state drives (SSD) than traditional spinning hard drives to our local Raleigh area clients. A SSD drive reduces power consumption, noise, makes your laptop faster than it was when it was new, is more reliable, and contains no moving parts.

Symptoms of a bad hard drive

Hard drives which are failing range from strange issues like the wireless not working being completely dead as a doornail. Here are the most common symptoms:

What goes wrong with laptop hard drives?

Hard drives are basically like a big, fast, fragile record player. The disc inside is spinning at 7,200RPMs. At some point this mechanical piece of equipment is going to fail. A scratched disc is only going to get worse. We do not “repair” hard drives here; once a drive has bad sectors it is time to replace it. Other problems include corrupt master file tables, head crashes, electrical failures, and more. ALL hard drives will fail, it is not IF but WHEN.

Can my data be saved?

As long as the machine still works we can usually rescue your data with no problem. If it does not boot we may be able to do a data recovery; for complete details feel free to visit our comprehensive data recovery page. When we recover data from a hard drive it can be placed onto your new drive, a flash drive, and/or a DVD.

How much are hard drives?

We carry a wide variety of new notebook 2.5″ SATA hard drives which are under $100. The hard drive determines how much space you have. The bigger the drive, the more they cost. As of September 2015, SSDs are not much more than a regular hard drive, although they are limited in size.

Along with a hard drive we typically load Windows or your OS for you as a service. If we do this, when you get home you will still need to do a few things such as connect to your router and printer, etc.