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Re: Lifespan of a Desktop PC?

David (FlyLikeAnEagle@United.Com)
Thu, 17 Mar 2005 01:02:13 GMT

On Wed, 16 Mar 2005 16:24:27 UTC, wrote:

> Would anyone know what is the average/typical physical lifespan of a
> desktop PC? That is, how many years do they run before components
> start failing?

I've seen batteries go bad after 5-10 years. That takes very little
to fix. Hard drives might fail after a few years if you buy the
common, cheap machines. At work the monitors probably go next as they
can fade out. You might then have a power supply problem. The
motherboards and cards don't fail all that often.

All of my machines are still working. I have an Apple ][ with
floppies and hard drives, a 286 24Mhz PC, 486 DX2-66Mhz PC, and a PIII
Xeon 500Mhz PC. The PIII with its non-Windows GUI will outrun my 2Ghz
Windows 2000 machine at work. I prefer to move drives to new machines
and copy the drives, or just leave them in the new machine. I also
leave my machines on, but they have drives that are made for
continuous use.

My car mechanic has several Best Buy PCs at his shop and they are fine
after several years. He usually runs out of space on his HD first. A
UPS is also very helpful in keeping a PC physically healthy.

> When buying a new PC, how do people typically transfer the contents
> from the old PC hard drive to the new PC? At work, people move stuff
> out onto the LAN server or move the old drive into the new box; but
> others say old drives are not compatible with new technology. How do
> home users without a LAN handle it?

Buy your new PC. If the new PC can't handle your old drives, just add
a card for that. Install the old drive(s) in your new machine and
copy the data over. When you're done just put the old PC back
together and erase it if you plan to get rid of it.

Another modern solution to the need for a LAN is just a CDR/W and
a pack of disks.

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: I have here a Toshiba Satellite 220-CDS
> sine 1995. It started life as Win 95, has since been converted to Win-98
> (which I am sorry I did, really, it seems to be running a little
> slower than it did as a 95). But it _never_ freezes up, _never_ locks
> out; just sits there all day long as part of my network doing its
> thing, the same as it did as a 95. Is ten years a rather good life
> span? PAT]


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