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Just because the hard drive is only 60% full has nothing to do with speed and / or performance of a Hard Drive. It also doesn't indicate the future potential for the hard drive to crash.

The older drive could very well have lasted for years and there are cheaper and less time intensive alternatives to do what she was looking to accomplish which is string along an older computer.

If she was really wanting to be budget minded... she should have kept the original HDD and used it until it actually died. She should have purchased an external drive and or subscription to CrashPlan to ensure that she had sufficient backups of the data.

The used FREE tools to clean up the Hard Drive and or come here for advice. Especially considering that I just purchased parts to build a brand new computer for only double ($232 after MIR) for what she spent for a HDD, a Cable and some software.

My $0.02

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