These are what we call fungible items. You didn't tell what size HDD this was or the exact model Apple but last week I replaced a laptop drive with an 1TB Hybrid HDD for just over 100 bucks. Other drives run about half that so why not get a new HDD and get a few more years from the Apple?
Let me start by saying, my only use for the computer would be to get online using the internet and Microsoft Word and Office products for work. I will not be using it for video editing or gaming.
I have owned a Dell XPS M140 that I have and still works, but is in bad shape since 2006. My wife had a HP DV1000 that no longer works for a year now. And my aunt gave me a Dell Latitude that has stopped working with a broken hard drive last month.
My brother gave me a Macbook (white shell) five years ago and the hard drive went out and now doesn't work. I'm thinking of purchasing a new hard drive for it but the Apple Store said they have stopped making parts for my model.
So, I wanted to know if I should buy a harddrive and repair the Mac, or should I purchase a Macbook Air or another PC. I don't think we need a pro.
Any thoughts? Thanks.