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Should I trash my laptop?

My Dell Inspiron 1520 is 2 years old, with 320 GB hard drive, 3 GB RAM, Windows XP Pro, and some other things. It's on it's 4th hard drive. I'm nervous using it, and back it up daily to my external drive. Me and my technician suspect it's the motherboard controller. What do you thing it is, and how much it will cost to repair? If it's over $100, and my technician confirms it (he has a diagnostics CD, but it only works if the hard drive is crashed), I will buy a new one.
Also, the 2nd and 3rd hard drives wouldn't even spin. The 1st one I got some data off of, but none of the others.

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I wonder.

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What models these are. Why I wonder is some folk bump up the drive size or speed and this happens.
Bob

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No

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I haven't increased the drive size with the new ones, in fact I think I would only need like 120 GB at the max.

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Then I wonder

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If someone put in a 7200 RPM model when it came with 4400?
Bob

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I don't know

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All I know is my technician got my new hard drives. He got the same size, but different brand. I've been a customer for the past 6 years, and I'm considering a job there, and I know for a fact that he wouldn't rip me off or get the wrong RPM on the hard drive.

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Often it does not matter on RPM

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But since you are seeing failures this is why I asked.

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It's the same

Well, I contacted him, and he said every drive had 7200 RPM, which came with the preinstalled hard drive. I know he can't be lying, because I've been a loyal customer for the past 6 years, and because he even installed a technician copy (one MS supplies to technicians that require no registration key, in case a hard drive fails and they have no CD) of MS Office Pro 2010 on my hard drive for free.

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Locked.

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Sorry but we can't discuss this further since MS does not supply "no registration" Office copies to technicians. That's a form of piracy and causes discussions to get locked.

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