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    Yikes, what can happen when you drop off your laptop for repair

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    That is rather scary, best to do your own repairs whenever possible!
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    Quote Originally Posted by redrocksdatacenter View Post
    That is rather scary, best to do your own repairs whenever possible!
    Thats the issue alot of people dont like opening up cases and messing with what they have never seen before which is the average computer user. Although I would like to see the bikini picks that the guy stole but ohwell one can dream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkeden View Post
    Thats the issue alot of people dont like opening up cases and messing with what they have never seen before which is the average computer user. Although I would like to see the bikini picks that the guy stole but ohwell one can dream.
    Lol. You can Google for bikini pics!

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    Youtube has a video on pretty much any pc make (or close to it) to see how it is done.. memory upgrades.. hard drive replacements, you name it, its there. I would never take my pc to a repair shop.. even bestbuy over-charges imo. I have thought about opening my own repair shop.. but not sure it would be worth it.. even though i get a lot of people bringing me their machine.. and fixing them for pretty cheap, and a lot of satisfied people.

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    hang them bloody thieves

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    I'm glad I have the skills to handle computer repairs on my own. In cases where its a laptop or desktop under warranty I'll pull or format the drive before shipping it back, unless it's an on-site tech... there's just too much at stake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cselzer View Post
    I would never take my pc to a repair shop.. even bestbuy over-charges imo.
    So, you don't go to see a doctor, either, I take it, when you're sick, just "home remedy" yourself?

    You don't learn anything from youtube videos. They're shiny, but they're not going to teach you anything real. Only experience can teach you what you need to know, and you only get that by doing it for yourself for god knows how many years. Experience isn't cheap, someone asking for $50-$60 / hr is not unreasonable at all.

    Despite the fact that I have built my own boxes for the past 10+ years, I still get stumped every once in a while. Do I do anything? You bet, I take it to my tech in town (who is probably 20-30 years older than me) and have him look at it. The point is that you can not just "fix" things by looking at a youtube video. You can't just "build" things by looking at a youtube video, it is unreasonable to expect that, and it's certainly unreasonable to expect someone not to charge reasonable rates for computer services!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pphillips View Post
    I'll pull or format the drive before shipping it back, unless it's an on-site tech... there's just too much at stake.
    You are aware that formatting a drive really doesn't solve anything, right? Consumer grade format software is pretty weak, and data can easily be recovered from it. Formatting your drive merely shows the tech you have something to hide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linux-tech View Post
    You are aware that formatting a drive really doesn't solve anything, right? Consumer grade format software is pretty weak, and data can easily be recovered from it. Formatting your drive merely shows the tech you have something to hide.
    Of course, I'm not an idiot. There are boot utilities that write zero bits to the entire drive that are quite affective. After that - format and reinstall the OS. You've got to weigh the risk, if you've got classified information on your computer your best bet is to pull the disks out of your drive and take them to a sanding wheel.

    Even so, don't tell me even 1% of techs out there are going to see a fresh install of Windows and assume you formatted it and try to recover data off the drive. If they don't know you had something they want on the drive it's not worth their time. There's a big difference from clicking on your My Documents and attempting data recovery on a disk they don't even know there's anything to recover.
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    Glad to know that I don't need the repair shops assistance.. of course I wouldn't say the same for a doctor etc.

    It is indeed scary though and I am sure this occurs everywhere and not just where it's reported.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quartz_ View Post
    It is indeed scary though and I am sure this occurs everywhere and not just where it's reported.
    Indeed. I wonder how it could be addressed, though.

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    Geez. That kind of reminded me of getting your car fixed. I don't know alot about cars but you hear things like them charging you for new tires when a belt broke - something that you don't need is what I'm trying to say. That reminds me alot of it saying its the motherboard and stuff. As far as copying information; that's something I've through about but how could you stop it 'yourself'? I don't see how...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cselzer View Post
    Youtube has a video on pretty much any pc make (or close to it) to see how it is done.. memory upgrades.. hard drive replacements, you name it, its there.
    LOL.... yeah, goto a youtube video on a pc that wont boot, ok

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    One of the biggest sex scandal in Asia/China started with the guy sending the laptop for repair.

    And then the repair tech recovered his pics of the artist banging 6+ other "FAMOUS" stars in hong kong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wulex View Post
    One of the biggest sex scandal in Asia/China started with the guy sending the laptop for repair.

    And then the repair tech recovered his pics of the artist banging 6+ other "FAMOUS" stars in hong kong.
    Yea, Edison Chen. Never liked his acting anyway. He is a sleaze bag.

    An actress' (Gillian Chung of the Twins) career was destroyed because of it. Well, it was her fault for sleeping with him anway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quad3datwork View Post
    Well, it was her fault for sleeping with him anway.
    Lol. Quote of the day.

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    Wow, I'm definitely glad that I am able to do my own repairs.

    Thanks for the knowledge.

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    I have been working on computers and laptops for 10 years, and have only had to view a person's pics 1 time, but that was due to a virus file was hidden in her my documents folder. Suggesting people should open their own laptop chassis is not very wise. If you can do it yourself, that's great, but not for everyibne to do!

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    That is scary. I'm just happy I can do my own. Haven't been to a repair shop in 13 years. Not everyone is so lucky, though. Thanks for the article, Mike.
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    Well, I had two issues on a laptop I didn't feel like working on, but after reading this, Googled for exploded diagrams of the lappy and fixed them myself.
    Saved money and no one will see me in a bikini.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bear View Post
    Saved money and no one will see me in a bikini.
    thank god ??
    heh
    Makes you wonder what hard drive manufacturers do when you send them drives that go bad as well
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