Thoughts on ubreakifix for computer repair?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by peppergomez, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. peppergomez

    peppergomez Gawd

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    Figured this is the best [H] forum to post this in:

    My desktop died on me earlier this summer, and I couldn't figure out why. (I posted about it: https://hardforum.com/threads/missing-operating-system.1983063/)
    I had recently moved and the movers moved it. I packed it in the original shipping box for the case, with padding. It worked fine in my new place for a few weeks and then went belly up.

    A few folks suggested starting with a new PSU, which I am considering.

    I am also considering taking it to my local ubreakifix https://www.ubreakifix.com/ b/c I had a good experience with them a few years ago with a laptop issue.

    I know [H] is for folks who generally fix and build themselves, but I have little spare time and little know how or patience for fixing my own hardware. Has anyone used ubreakifix for computer repairs, and if so, how did it go?

    At the very least, I could always just use their free diagnostic to determine what's wrong, then go from there.

    Thanks.
     
  2. dvsman

    dvsman 2[H]4U

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    Here's the thing with alot of fixit places. Not saying all places are like this but if they are profit driven, what's to say they don't just say this or that is broken and charge you for it. If you brought it in, it likely means you don't know anything about it (or know enough) to dispute it. Alot of Apple places do it for Apple devices (see basically any Louis Rossman video on Yourube).

    Anyhoo, if I were you this is what I would do - replace all the drives with single drives. Good ones. Even big ones are cheap nowadays. Why? Because even if you junk the computer in the end, you can migrate the new drives to your new computer. No $$$ loss.

    One boot and one data (or just one drive, whatever floats your boat) and do a clean windows install. If it works past the next few days and remains stable, then the problem was your drives all along - not mobo or PSU. If it doesn't then no harm no foul as again you can reuse your new drives in another computer.

    Personally, given your use case (regular user), I would disagree with any IT person who recommended you to use a RAID5 on a home machine / consumer setup. If you were a hardcore gamer with non-essential crap on your rig - RAID0, sure. If you were doing office work, then redundancy with RAID1 ... maybe (I'd prefer to say cloud / offsite backups are better than RAID1 but ... if you really wanted to RAID).
     
  3. rhansen5_99

    rhansen5_99 2[H]4U

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    Are the issues you are having on the sandy bridge system in your details? If so you are at the age where caps start to become an issue. Also some boards back then had a sata bug if I remember correctly.

    Regardless I would generally agree with above, with one big ssd as your boot drive, and if you need one big space pool, use something like the win 10 storage pool. That way if you stick it in a new build windows will pick it up. For example I have 2 8tb drives setup this way, and in a pinch I could stick them in a double drive USB 3 dock and get to the data on a spare machine. If worried about OS and reinstall you could even do a one time backup to your pool.

    Also you can get 8tb or 10tb drives very low cost out of WD externals with quality drives.

    One thing to maybe try on you board is a new cmos battery, some times you get weird stuff when they start to go.

    As far as the fix place if it's a free diag then why not?