Hard Drives are one of the most common types of items replaced in a computer. They get replaced for two primary reasons.
(1) Imminent failure: failures are one of the most common types of computer issues. Failures can result in crashes and data loss. We at The Computer Doctors replace hard drives all the time, and we strive diligently to recover data from failing hard drives if at all possible. If your hard drive is failing, this will usually result in error messages, failure of computer to boot up, or sudden slow performance issues. Bring your system in for a diagnosis before your hard drive completely fails and data recovery becomes impossible. Most hard drive replacements run between $100 to $200 counting data recovery labor.
(2) Capacity Upgrades: Your hard drive can only hold so much. When you fill up it's capacity, you are forced to decide whether to try to free up space by deleting or archiving data onto CD's or external storage, or buying a bigger hard drive. Hard drives are measured in capacities of GB (gigabytes) or TB (terabytes). A terabyte is 1000 GB. Capacity upgrades usually run between $100 and $200 to perform, including copying of your data from the old hard drive to the new one.