dead laptop hard drives
By Asheville Computer Company / DesktopLaptopRecent Work / / 0 Comments

Dead Hard Drives Destroyed

dead laptop hard drives
dead laptop hard drives

 

dead desktop hard drives
dead desktop hard drives

We collect quite a few dead hard drives both from desktops and laptops and they need to be properly disposed of so that their data doesn’t get into the wrong hands.  We gathered up some of the recent hard drives we’ve replaced from customer systems for a quick photo shoot before destroying them.

When a hard drive is replaced we usually give the customer 30 days or so to make sure that all data was recovered before we destroy the original drive.  It’s important to give that time to ensure that all data that is recoverable is recovered and once it’s verified that the drive be destroyed beyond reasonable means of recovery.

Hard drives even when erased can still contain financial, personal and sensitive information that should not be made available to someone with physical access to the drive.

Dell Laptop Failed Hard Drive
By Asheville Computer Company / LaptopPCRecent Work / / 0 Comments

Dell Laptop – Bad Hard Drive

This customer brought us a newer Dell laptop that wouldn’t boot into Windows anymore and would only get a blue screen of death.  The blue screen will show you the error that caused the boot issue but will often times be cryptic or cover a wide variety of possible issues.  Through some troubleshooting we can determine if it’s a software issue caused by some corruption or a hardware issue.

In this case, the hard drive had physically failed either due to a manufacturing defect or wear and tear.  Laptops are prone to have issues with traditional spinning hard drives as the platters inside spin at a very high rate of speed (5400 or 7200 revolutions per minute).  If the laptop is dropped of moved suddenly there can be physical damage inside the hard drive that can manifest immediately or degrade the performance over time.

We replaced the old hard drive with a smaller solid state hard drive.  This should keep any physical problems from occurring in the future, as it has no moving parts.  While the ruggedness of the SSD drive is a great benefit the even greater benefit is the tremendously increase speed of the computer.  Modern computers with a solid state drive installed will boot and be ready for use in less than 30 seconds and respond immediately to any user actions, such as opening files, playing videos and editing photos.

If you have an issue with your computer that seems to be getting slower over time or you are receiving messages about potential hard drive issues please contact us today to setup an appointment.

If you aren’t having issues but want to prevent possible hard drive failure or just want a speed boost then we can help you there too.

 

Toshiba Laptop SSD Upgrade
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Toshiba Laptop Upgrade to SSD

This Toshiba laptop was brought to us by a customer who complained of it being slow. It was only a couple of years old and had a great processor and a good amount of RAM so the only culprit had to be the slow hard drive.

We replace the old mechanical hard drive with a super fast SSD drive and cloned over the user’s data. When the customer received the laptop everything looked exactly like it did before but the laptop operated even faster than it did when it was new.

The slowest part of most modern computers is the hard drive. We can upgrade almost any hard drive to a new solid state model and give you performance that’s hard to believe for the money.

If you are anywhere in the Asheville to Hendersonville area give us a call today to talk about upgrading your aging or brand new desktop or laptop to a solid state hard drive.

Windows 10 Wont Boot on Acer
By Asheville Computer Company / LaptopPCRecent Work / / 0 Comments

The user of this laptop was forced into a Windows 10 update and when it completed it would no longer boot into Windows.  The computer would start to boot into the new Windows 10 and would hang for hours on a spinning waiting icon.

We were able to clear the update and get the laptop to boot correctly again and repair any damage done by the unwanted Windows 10 upgrade.  Windows 10 works now once any issues had been sorted out with the laptop before the upgrade.

Windows 10 has been out for about 6 months at this point and Microsoft is getting aggressive with updating Windows 7 and 8 users.  You should still get a choice on whether or not you want to upgrade but sometimes they are hiding it in amongst other updates you might want.

If you have had issues with a planned Windows 10 upgrade or have been upgraded without knowing it then please contact us today to either revert back to Windows 7 or 8 (you have 30 days after the upgrade to go back) or fix any upgrade issues.

Please call us today to schedule a time to repair your laptop or desktop with Windows 10 upgrade issues.

Laptop with Fake Security Warnings
By Asheville Computer Company / LaptopRecent WorkWindows / / 0 Comments

This Toshiba laptop was infected with a viruses and malware making it unusable due to pop-ups and warnings from the fake security software.  Once the laptop was booted it would immediately start with false security warnings offering help and services to clean up the infection.  These phone numbers usually lead to overseas companies that will charge several hundred dollars to “help” you with your infection even though their software is causing the issues.

If your desktop of laptop is experiencing unusual pop-ups or ads warning you that you have been infected it’s probably correct but you don’t want to contact the scammer’s number listed to help you.

You may also see this infection in the form of programs installed on the desktop meant to update drivers, help you back up your files or optimize your PC.  They are all designed to have you purchase a program or service to fix your computer.

Contact us and we can remove the infection and save your data and provide you with software to helpfully keep it from happening in the future.

We have removed hundreds or virus / malware / adware infections and can get you back up and running within a matter of days.

Dell Laptop Broken Screen
By Asheville Computer Company / LaptopRecent Work / / 0 Comments

Replaced Broken Dell Laptop Screen

This Dell laptop was stepped on and the LCD screen was broken.  We replaced the broken LCD and the laptop worked like new with no signs of damage.

Laptop screens are very fragile and prone to breaking from being in a bag or dropped from a counter or desk.  If you have a laptop with a broken LCD screen we can fix it within a few days and for a very reasonable price.

Why buy a new laptop when all you need is a new LCD screen?

We repair laptop screens from Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, Lenovo and just about any other laptop manufacturer.

Call us today with any laptop screen issues you might have.

 

Toshiba 655 screen replacement
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Toshiba C655 Laptop Screen Replacement

Another Toshiba Laptop with a dropped and broken LCD screen.  We replaced the screen and brought the laptop back to a functional computer.

It’s surprisingly affordable to have your LCD screen replaced in you laptop if it has been damaged. If you have damage to your screen please contact us for a quote.

Data transfer from an old Vista Dell laptop to a new Windows 10 laptop
By Asheville Computer Company / LaptopPCRecent WorkWindows / / 0 Comments

This customer had a very old Windows Vista Dell laptop and was in the market for a new Windows 10 laptop.  We found a great deal on a Windows 10 laptop and transferred the customers data including (photos, documents, music, favorites, downloads, mail, etc.) to the new laptop.

When we delivered the new laptop we also setup their ATT U-verse router for wireless and setup a new wireless printer. The customer was very happy with their new much faster laptop and extra happy that everything was now wireless.

If you are in the market for  a new computer and need data transferred or would like a printer setup please contact us today.

Upgrade of a toshiba laptop to a new much faster solid state drive
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This customer had an older Toshiba laptop with failing hard drive that they wanted to use a backup laptop.  We replaced the older spinning hard drive with a new SSD hard drive.  Boot times were reduced to under 25 seconds as opposed to over 2 minutes with the old hard drive.

If you have an older laptop or desktop that is acting sluggish contact us and let us see if we can upgrade your hard drive to a solid state drive and get it back to better than new.