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"The cost of the hard drive + Norton Ghost to copy the disk + a new cable = $110."

The problem with fixing really old computers by repairing them with new parts is that it probably isn't worth the money and effort expended.

You bought a "refurb" 5-6 years ago (I have no idea if it was a new refurb or an older, off-lease model)- so the computer is probably using technology that is likely 6 years old, and possibly considerably older.

You probably could have purchased an entire working used 6-7 year old computer for what you spent on that hard drive if you looked around locally. You can even buy refurbs of 5-7 year old computers online for just a tad more than $110 (from Tiger Direct and others). Then you would have had a "new" ancient computer and a parts back up as well (in case something else went wrong).

Computer/tech prices drop so fast, I simply don't bother spending money on old ones that break (though I will fix them from old parts I have laying around). You could by a brand new desktop from Dell (and most other PC companies) for $299 (less with coupon). You can buy a new netbook for around $200 that might well have more power than that ancient desktop.

I'm a cheap SOB, but in my opinion fixing really old computers (or cell phones/TVs/etc) is rarely worth the trouble, let alone the cost if you have to buy parts.
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