Always buy the warranty.

Don't listen to all those "experts" who talk on TV about not buying the 3 year warranties for computers. I've just been approvoed by BestBuy to get a replacement laptop to my replacement laptop. It was an HP DV2100, I think, and replaced some other COMPAQ.

Long Story Short:

  • Bought a laptop
  • Something went wrong
  • Sent away for repair
  • Lost
  • Offered new, better laptop
  • Found, offer honored anyways
  • Replacement laptop is accidentally damaged
  • Approved for another replacement, to be picked up at our convenience

I've been saved countless times by those extended warranties. Once, there was actually 9 days left on the warranty for something, when it broke. Brand new one, baby =]

Note: Buy it within reason of price, of course

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Goodhart9 years ago
I was recently offered a deal to extend the warranty of the computer (by one more year) that I had gotten 2 years ago and it would cost nearly 1/3 the price of the computer originally. In this case, I said no thank you.
same with my new apple macbook. 3 years for 250!
iman LinuxH4x0r9 years ago
yea there is no way that I would go without the extended warranty on a laptop it just isn't worth the risk of losing $ 300+ when you drop it or yank out the ethernet port.

P.S when you take your computer in for repairs (especially Hard drive repair)
backup your data and WIPE THE DRIVE almost all used/repaired hard drives are only zeroed out and sensitive data can be recovered. WIPE THE DRIVE
Weissensteinburg (author)  iman9 years ago
Well definitly backup your data, but I don't know if you need to wipe it, unless you have really sensitive things on there.
If you do any online banking/bill paying /taxes yes you will want to wipe the drive because once they replace your hdd the old one gets repaired and sold. the data can still be recovered.
Weissensteinburg (author)  iman9 years ago
Do you have any references to back up that they sell the harddrives from computers?
what do you think a refurbished hdd is ?
Weissensteinburg (author)  iman9 years ago
I've never seen refurbed HDDs at BestBuy, nor have I seen any proof of their lack of thorough cleansing of them.
they do one pass write overs that is all they have time for, and do you think that the drives they take out of your laptop/desktop get destroyed immediately after being taken out of you computer? no they sit there in the back until they have enough of them to send to the recycling plant... giving any employee enough time to take it/them home and suck out the data.
Weissensteinburg (author)  iman9 years ago
I just got a call from Geek squad, "Hi, we have the hard drive here from the computer that you had replaced. I just wanted to confirm that you don't want us to remove anything from it before we have it destroyed."
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