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Another reminder about warranties and backups - Jason Lindquist
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Another reminder about warranties and backups
My brother-in-law's MacBook disk just died a clicky death, taking with it lots of pictures, including his trip to India. Once again, I remind people around me to back up data at least monthly (CDs are cheap!) and to buy the extended warranty on laptops, regardless of manufacturer. The parts are more delicate than in desktops, and if you haul them around, they take shocks and cumulatively, something is going to break, then it's going to cost you at least six or eight hundred dollars to fix. (CD and disk drives are the cheap exception.) I don't *think* my current iBook has been in for service, yet. But its two predecessors have. My original PowerBook G3 took over $900 in repairs, teaching me the AppleCare lesson.
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doomsey From: doomsey Date: August 7th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think I've owned any laptops that _didn't_ go in for repairs under warranty.

Except the ones that I purchased used for cheap, and tossed when they broke.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 8th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll plug Mozy online backup and Time Machine for local backups. With Time Machine, there's not really much of an excuse not to have regular backups.

-Jason Luther
jessbunbun From: jessbunbun Date: August 8th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
What is the "AppleCare lesson"?
jlindquist From: jlindquist Date: August 8th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
"AppleCare. It's cheaper than a new logic board. Or power control board. Or LCD. And one of those is going to fail, at least once."

AppleCare is the name of Apple's extended warranty.
tambreet From: tambreet Date: August 8th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you on the backing up, but I'm not so convinced on the AppleCare. I've had several problems with under warranty Apple laptops that I either had to beg and plead to get them to cover, or that they refused to cover. They actually once told one of my laptops (under warranty, with a clear defect that hundred of others had) was not covered because I carried it around in a backpack.

The longer you have a laptop, the easier it is for them to find one nick and say "oh you dropped this at some point, the warranty is now void."

On the other hand, you are correct about them breaking a lot. I feel lucky to have had this one for 2 years with only one issue, since my last two books were practically lemons.



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