We are seeing more and more Macs this year with issues, upgrades and data transfers. We happened to have 3 similar iMac models in at one time: 2 for an upgrade from an older iMac to a newer iMac and 1 having software issues.
We were able to transfer the user programs and data to the new iMac so that everything was exactly the same when they turned on the new machine.
The 3rd iMac was reset back to factory and the latest version of MacOS was installed to get it back up and running like new for it’s new owner.
If you are purchasing a new Mac and need help setting it up and transferring your data give us a call. We also purchase some older Macs or can help with recycling hardware.
We are one of the few shops in Asheville that work on both PCs and Macs.
This iMac was brought to us with the usual issues from a Mac of this age. The user reported that it was running very slow and the fans were loud. They wanted to know if they should spend the money to replace it or was there something that could be done to bring it back to life.
The price of a new iMac could range from $1200 to well over $2000 for a top of the line machine. The truth is that most people don’t need the latest and greatest Mac to do the things they need to do on a computer.
We were able to replace the old and worn out spinning hard drive with a new super fast SSD drive. This new drive is 10x faster than the old drive and runs considerably cooler and quieter. We also took the opportunity to clean the fans and vents to ensure that everything was cooling properly.
We were able to clone the old drive over to the new SSD so the only difference the user saw was the tremendous speed increase. All their files and programs were exactly as they were before the upgrade.
The end result was an iMac that actually ran faster, quieter and cooler than it did when it was new out of the box. It was taking over 5 mins for it to boot up to the desktop before the upgrade. After the upgrade it was ready to go in under 30 seconds and applications responded almost immediately when clicked.
If you have an older Mac and are considering upgrading due to slow performance or space issues then please give us a call first to explore your options. We may be able to upgrade your hard drive or increase your RAM to give you the performance boost you need to make your Mac last.
We can save you thousands over the price of a new computer.
This customer had a Macbook that was only a couple years old but had been dropped a few times and had some wear and tear on the outside and inside. As a result, the hard drive had been damaged and refused to boot. The failed hard drive was so badly damaged no data could be recovered directly from the drive. There was also some visible damage on the outside along with a very common problem with Mac laptops, missing feet.
We replaced the hard drive with a new solid state drive (SSD) and restored their data from a time machine backup. As a result of having a good backup they didn’t lose any data even though the hard drive failed.
They get the added benefit of having a much faster hard drive and it protects against any future drops or falls the laptop may take that would damage a normal spinning hard drive.
Don’t wait for your laptop hard drive to fail before bringing it to us for a repair. If your laptop has been dropped or treated roughly and you think it’s slowing down, as a result, bring it to us to have it checked out.
This customer brought us a fairly new Dell 5588 laptop that was working fine but was starting to feel a little sluggish. Even a new computer with a fast processor and lots of RAM can feel slow and sluggish due to the old spinning 5400 rpm hard drive. The hard drive, especially the slow 5400 rpm mechanical drives, are the slowest part of a modern computer and causes most of the bottlenecks that most people experience when using their computer.
We upgraded this drive to an SSD that made this laptop faster than it was when it came out of the box. Most manufacturers skimp on the hard drive speed and give you more space than you need because the large number looks attractive to buyers.
We know from experience that an SSD hard drive upgrade for your desktop or laptop can make a huge difference in the performance and enjoyment of your computer. We can upgrade almost any computer and can do so with a fast turn around.
Don’t spend another frustrating day waiting on your Mac of PC computer. Bring it to us and we will make it fly.
This Mac Mini was a couple of years old and was due for some upgrades. It was working OK, but was bogging down on videos and some common tasks. We took a look and noticed that the RAM was low for today’s standards and also we could gain a large speed boost by upgrading the hard drive to a new SSD drive.
We upgraded the RAM to 8GB of DDR3 laptop style memory and cloned the hard drive over to a new 500 GB solid state drive. While the original computer came with 4GB of RAM it’s a little low for today’s computing needs. 8GB of RAM is quickly becoming the standard for modern computers and that’s what this user needed to ensure that the computer wouldn’t be slowed down by running out of RAM when editing large files in Photoshop or even browsing the web with multiple tabs open at the same time.
The new SSD hard drive is what gives this Mac Mini it’s biggest speed boost. Removing the old and slow mechanical drive and replacing it with a solid state hard drive makes this Mac Mini faster than it was when it was brand new. It also reduces heat and fan noise which can be a concern on these older Mac Mini computers.
If you have a Mac, either old or new, it can probably be upgraded to make it faster or add years to an aging machine. This can save you the cost of replacing an expensive computer.
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.
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.
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.
This HP was several years old and the user reported that it had become sluggish and was waiting several minutes to boot and to open files. Once a couple of programs were open the computer would slow to a crawl and become a pain to use.
We replaced the old standard hard drive with a new solid state hard drive. This computer used to take over 4 minutes to boot and be ready to use. With the new drive it boots in less than 30 seconds and it ready to go.
We can breath new life into computers that are a couple of years old by replacing the traditional spinning hard drive with a new still SSD hard drive. These days the slowest part of many computers is the old hard drive.
If you have a computer, either PC or Mac, that is only a few years old but is slowing down and having issues contact us today to see if we can upgrade your hard drive and move all your data to a new solid state hard drive.
In most cases we are able to clone the existing hard drive to the new SSD drive and the only difference you will notice is the incredible speed.
We offer SSD hard drive upgrades in Arden, Fletcher, Asheville, Hendersonville and the surrounding areas.
This iMac was very slow to boot up over 5 mins and would get the spinning rainbow pinwheel every time the user tried to do anything. The slow, failing hard drive made the Mac basically unusable. Opening an e-mail or webpage would take several minutes.
We opened up the iMac and cleaned all the fans, backed up the current OSX install completely, installed a new SSD drive and put the all the customers data and programs back in place on the new drive. The customer didn’t notice any difference except that the Mac worked faster than it did when it was new.
If you have a Mac computer and are experiencing slow boot times or the dreaded rainbow pinwheel please call us to discuss your options of repairing or replacing your hard drive or even upgrading to a new SSD drive.
We service Macs in all Asheville areas including Hendersonville, Fletcher, Arden, Biltmore Park, Skyland and Fairview.