Category: Service and Repair

October 7th, 2017 by Administrator

Should I fix or Replace my Computer?

Let’s take a look at the options

1. Component Replacement

Laptop: CPU/Motherboard

Laptop CPUs are soldered directly to the motherboard. Unless your repair technician is willing to de-solder the old CPU and resolder a new CPU then the motherboard will need replacing. This can range from $150 to $400 or more, depending on the make and model of your laptop.

Laptop: LCD Replacement

This is relatively cheap. At a total cost, including labor, of around a $150. However, touchscreen laptops a bit more pricey. Sometimes costing over $250 for some models and as high as $400 plus for high end laptops.

Laptop: Hard Drive replacement

With the ever decreasing cost of storage replacing your laptop Hard Drive is inexpensive. A Solid State Drive is the way to go hands down.

Reinstallation of your files and operating system from a backup image is very easy. If you need professional service we offer on-site OS installation, re-imaging, and backup services.
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2. Buy Refurbished

There are many benefits to buying refurbished, best being LOWER COST.

You will generally get a 1 Year parts and labor warranty, just like a brand new computer. Be sure to read the listings as some only come with a 90 day warranty. Further, it is important to look for the refurbishers Microsoft License. Every Windows-based refurbished PC needs to be refurbished by an Authorized or Registered Microsoft Refurbisher. The difference in license type is simply volume of sales. Both types of refurbishers have to offer the same minimum standards.

You can read more about the Microsoft Refurbisher Program at the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/refurbishedpcs

Further every Microsoft Refurbisher Program member will have an Organization ID just like we do, Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Organization ID: 240024236

If a company you are buying from can not give you their ID you should look else where for a supplier of refurbished computers.

A refurbished laptop is very inexpensive, just a few examples below.

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April 19th, 2017 by Administrator



We get this question often and so we thought, why not answer the question thoroughly. Lets look at the options for that old computer and then discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each option in order to insure you have all the information needed to make a smart decision.

  1. Refurbish
  2. Sell
  3. Upgrade
  4. Re-purpose 


Refurbishing your old computer is an option we highly recommend and goes hand in hand with an upgrade, generally.

To start, refurbishing should be done by a Microsoft Registered or Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher. Companies that are recognized as Microsoft Refurbishers must follow strict guidelines set by Microsoft for a refurbished computer. Companies that meet these requirements will also generally offer a 1 year parts and labor warranty, just like you would get from the manufacture. 

Cost is generally $100 to $200


Selling your old computer might seem like a great idea, however somethings need to be considered. Do you know how to securely wipe the data from your hard drive so that it can not be recovered? You wouldn’t want anyone to be able to get any of your information from your hard drive! Further, do you know how to reinstall the operating system? You also have to consider the cost of of shipping and the time it may take to sell your computer as well as what is it’s true value. If you need to have a professional perform these task the cost maybe greater than the value of the computer.

Cost is generally $10 to $100 with a profit of $25 to $50


Upgrading your computer can take many forms. Desktops can generally have more RAM, Solid State Drive, or a higher capacity hard drive installed. As well as installing better sound and graphics. Laptops are a bit less upgrade friendly usually only allowing for RAM and Hard drive or Solid State Drive to be installed.

That being said, one of the best bangs for your buck would be to install a Solid State Drive. The performance gains are enormous and can make even the oldest computers feel brand new. 

Cost is generally $50 to $200+


Finally, re-purpose that old computer. Turn it into a file sharing server, media center, security system recorder, DVR, or high powered wifi router.

Cost generally $0






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February 15th, 2017 by Administrator

Should I backup?

Short answer is YES you should backup your computer!

The long answer, it is a bit tricky to decide just how, when, and where to back up.

With options from cloud to NAS, Network Attached Storage, price ranges vary. Here, we will go over some options and price ranges that cover common backup needs you may face.

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Standard Hard Drive

Your standard hard drive is the most common of backup options, either external or internal. A local backup is hands down the most common form of backup that will work for most users. Some issues with this method are failure of the hard drive as well as what capacity drive do you needed.


Things that need consideration!


There are some considerations that we will cover.

  1. Capacity
  2. Cost
  3. Failure
  4. Internal or External
  5. SSD or HDD

What capacity do you need, well…it depends. For most people a 1 Terabyte external hard drive is more than enough. Your particular needs may very and we would recommend going over your option with a trained professional if you feel you need specialized help.

How much is this going to cost, on average storage is about $0.03 Per GB. So a 1 Terabyte hard drive is right around $30 plus the cost of an external enclosure if needed. 

Failure rates for modern hard drives are now at 2% per year. Meaning the first year of ownership your hard drive has roughly a 2% chance of failure, the second year 4%, third year 6%, and so on. 

For this reason you always want to have important data backed up to at least 3 separate places. One local backup, cloud backup, and off-site backup is ideal for mission critical or vital data.

For most users an external backup solution will work wonderfully. However we highly recommend using SSD, Solid State Drive, these have no moving parts and failure rates that are tenths of 1%. That’s less than 1% failure rate! 

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Standard Solid State Drive


The next solution we will cover is cloud storage, this is hands down the easiest and safest way to store your data. With monthly plans available for Google, Microsoft, and many others including Ela Computer Repair you really can’t go wrong with cloud storage.


What is a NAS?


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The last solution we will cover are NAS systems also known as Network Attached Storage. These systems are becoming increasingly affordable to the average user. A good NAS is one that offers RAID and at least 4 drive bays as well as up to 32 Terabytes of storage. Here is a link to a solution we highly recommend http://amzn.to/2kLpBMf.

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