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Yeah yeah nag nag.....we are seeing a steady stream of long faced clients in with dead or dying internal Mac portable drives.

anything over a year old but most often 40 and 60 gig drives from 3 years back.

They need to be scanned

Keep an ear on the noise they make ..ANYTHING out of the ordinary backup and have it checked professionally if you do not have the surface scan software to do so.

Back up daily !!!!!!!

Consider replacing them with a newer model if you intend to keep the machine.
 

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Yeah yeah nag nag.....we are seeing a steady stream of long faced clients in with dead or dying internal Mac portable drives.

anything over a year old but most often 40 and 60 gig drives from 3 years back.

They need to be scanned

Keep an ear on the noise they make ..ANYTHING out of the ordinary backup and have it checked professionally if you do not have the surface scan software to do so.

Back up daily !!!!!!!

Consider replacing them with a newer model if you intend to keep the machine.
I couldn't agree more! I would also like to add that a good replacement would be a nice Seagate Momentus.. They are fantastic and reliable!
 

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A not-unreasonable approach is to plan to replace your primary hard drive every year to 18 months. Yes, whether it needs it or not.

Budget about $125 - $175 per year and you can get a drive in the 'sweet spot' in the market -- not the largest and fastest, but large enough and fast enough and at the best price/performance ratio. (100 Gb-7200RPM - 160 Gb-5400RPM notebook, or 320 - 500 Gb desktop)

Bonus is that the same dollar amount gets you better size/performance each year.

Clone your old drive to the new one. Install the new one, put last year's drive in an enclosure.

Next year, do the same again, the current drive comes out to become the firstline backup or transportable storage, the now-2-year-old drive gets given to the kids or used in a secondary role.

Also, by doing this your primary and firstline backup drive are continuously covered under warranty.
 
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