When a computer breaks, most people rush to the computer repair shop in panic mode. They want to save their computer. If the computer can’t be saved, they want to at least put it on life support, so the data can be retrieved.
Repair shops prey on the anxiety ridden people that come in. They know that people want their data and will pay any price to get it back.
Some repair shops will charge a $25 diagnostics test. This doesn’t include any repair at all. They will merely check to see if it can be repaired and if the data is retrievable.
If the computer can be repaired or the data retrieved, the technician will normally charge $100-$250 for parts plus labor, or $50-$100 for transferring data.
Did you know that a mid-quality computer costs just $350 now? Tablets have taken the computer market by storm, so the computer companies need to compete with lower prices.
Think about this:
You could take your computer to the repair shop when it breaks to pay it to be fixed, which will cost you probably $300 or more, and last you a few more months. Or, you could buy a new computer, which could last you a few years more for the same amount.
What about your data?
How easy would it be if you had all of your data backed up before your computer crashed? All you would have to do is throw your old computer into the recycling bin, and head to the store for a new one. When you get home, you could install your backup software on your new computer, and in the matter of an hour or two, have all your data back.
This sure does beat spending a ton of money and waiting a week for a repair shop to getting around to transferring everything off your lifeless computer.
As you consider what you’ll do if your computer crashes, think about the real savings you could have when you have everything you need no matter what happens to your hard drive. The peace of mind you’ll have will be priceless.
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