No Mo' Apple Blues for Me
So many readers responded by comments and e-mail to my Powerbook woes and request for help getting a new Macbook with helpful hints on how to save a failed hard drive, select a back-up system and transfer music and video files from an iPod to a new computer, and with donations, I thought I'd post a follow-up.
Things are looking up. Here's what happened.
After receiving the failed diagnosis from the Genius Bar at the Apple store on Sunday, I took the Powerbook in to the local authorized Apple repair shop on Monday. Hard drive failure diagnosis confirmed.
The options were: Buy a new hard drive and have them install Tiger on it and transfer the music and videos from the iPod to the new hard drive, for a cost of $400 (and maybe throw in a few hundred more for additional memory since the Powerbook only had 512 mb memory and then think about still more for an external hard drive).... or give them the Powerbook and they'd give me $400 for it, which I could then put to the cost of a new Macbook.
They will also remove the hard drive when they get around to it in ten days or so (they are very busy) and give it back to me at no charge in case I later decide to see if anything is salvageable.
I decided to sell them the Powerbook and go with a new Macbook.
With the $400 for the old machine and $450 in donations readers sent in, I'm only $450 short of a new Macbook. As between spending $400 to repair an old machine and $450 for a new one, it was actually an easy decision.
When I get the new Macbook, I can either use one of the third party applications you all suggested to transfer the stuff on my iPod to it, or I can bring the new Macbook and my iPod to the repair shop and they will do it for $39.00.
So, I'm almost to a new Macbook. Thanks to all of you who donated,I couldn't have done it without your contributions.
I expect to order the new Macbook within the next week. I can't wait to have my "kitchen machine" back, hooked up to its 23" Apple display. It's really the machine I gravitate to and use the most at home. Best of all, I'm not going to lose my iPod content.
And I have no more bad feelings towards my Powerbook or Apple. In fact, I can't wait for the new Macbook to arrive.
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