It amazes me to think it’s been almost 5 years since I wrote a 3 part series of Apples (Mac) vs. Oranges (PC). It was in July 2006 that I finally ended the debate and bought my current Macbook Pro with a 15″ screen.
Well, it pains me to say towards the end of March I started having trouble with the computer. That’s probably an understatement, it just didn’t work. It all started with an innocent iTunes update and resulted in a trip to the Genius Bar at the local Santa Monica Apple Store. That’s where I was told the hard drive had broken down and it needed to be replaced. At that point I had a few options:
- Replace the hard drive at the Apple Store for approximately $150, which would have increases the hard drive to 150 GB.
- Replace the hard drive at MacMall for approximately $240, which would have increases the hard drive to 500 GB.
- Buy a new MacBook Pro!
You can probably imagine I preferred the third option, but at over $2,000, I couldn’t yet rationalize a new computer. So instead, I chose option #4, replace the hard drive myself at a cost of approximately $120, increasing the size of the hard drive to 500 GB.
This turned out to be easier than I would have expected. I bought a Seagate Momentus 500 GB 7200 RPM hard drive at Best Buy. Then, I bought a mini tool set at Radio Shack. And, with a little help from ifixit.com – a great source for step-by-step technology repair manuals – I was able to install the new hard drive. A fresh install of Mac OS/X Snow Leopard, a Time Machine restore, and things were good to go. There were a few hiccups along the way when restoring from backup, but overall they were minor. And now my Macbook Pro is running like new. Who would have thought I would not only own a computer for 5 years without replacing it, but not even need to as it’s running as smooth as can be. Something I can’t say for previous Windows based computers I’ve owned. And with the iPad acting as a great secondary computer, I wonder how long it will be before I decide to actually buy a new computer.