Friday, June 10, 2011

I'm in the Market for a Hard Drive...


...like the one pictured above. I'm in need of a 40-60 gig HD for my Dell Latitude D600 to replace the one that crashed.

I mailed my laptop to my computer repair guy three weeks ago yesterday. He decided to choose that same exact moment to have a nervous breakdown and disappear for a week, leaving his employees (and me, since they couldn't find my Dell) in a state of subdued panic. Finally, 16 days after I mailed it off, I got a call from him on Saturday guaranteeing me the computer was fixed and that it would cost $80.

"Did you load Microsoft Office 7 like the last time?" I asked him. I was assured he had.

48 hours later, I drove to his shop (22 miles one way) and found the doors locked in the middle of the day. The one guy on duty had no idea where my laptop was, no idea where his boss was and no idea when he'd be back. When I had to find my own computer, he looked into the HD and discovered none of the device drivers I needed for the software were installed, and, surprise, surprise, Microsoft Office still hadn't been installed. In the meantime, the doors had been locked in our faces yet again and I had to call this boob to tell him his shop was closed in the middle of the day.

All told, the downloads took a couple of hours, I had to pay money for unvalidated parking and buy a lunch for Mrs. JP and me while my "all set" computer was being finished. Oh, and my 60 gig hard drive was replaced by a 20 gig (when I bought the laptop two years ago, it came with a standard 40 gig HD).

This is where is gets good:

Literally two hours after we get home, I'm downloading the software I needed to get the laptop back to where I had it, the OS began crashing. After the 3rd operating system crash, I texted him asking, "WTF did you put in my Dell? The OS has crashed 3 times. What are you going to do about this?"

The next day, he texted me back promising to put in a HD "like the last time" and I specified that I wanted another 60 gig like the one he'd removed with all the drivers and software pre-installed so I didn't have to wait like the last time.

Last night, I got two nasty text messages telling me to get "my machines out of here" (he's doing work on our Compaq, God help us) and that I'm "rude" and "unreasonably demanding" for expecting a 60 gig HD like the one he'd replaced instead of the piece of shit 20 gig HD that didn't work. He offered a full refund of my $80 but that still leaves me without a computer of my own. Bottom line: I waited 2 1/2 weeks so I could use my own laptop for 2 1/2 hours. The current HD is a glorified coaster.

So, this is the other drama with which Mrs. JP and I have had to contend since Monday and we didn't expect this. So why did we use him since he's a dishonest, incompetent boob and is so far away? The last time I did this, the guy had my laptop ready 24 hours after I'd mailed it off and the job was done right. The first night we met him a year and a half ago, he'd had someone drive him in a blizzard to our house and he was rocking three laptops at once to get our computers online. He used to be Houdini but since he'd put out his shingle he's lost his edge and now he's literally popping Tums like beer nuts.

We have to drive down there again today to get the Compaq back but I don't fancy having to share a computer with Mrs. JP like we had to for the last three weeks. So if any of you guys have a spare Dell Latitude D600 HD with even just a browser and OS, email me for my street address and we can talk money. I can format it myself with my Dell boot disk.

9 Comments:

At June 10, 2011 at 9:21 PM, Blogger mudplanet said...

You need any 2.5" SATA hard drive - there isn't any particular or specific one for your machine. Larger hard drives tend to be cheaper and faster as well, and will work with your machine. It's very easy to install on most laptops (early ibooks excluded).

E.g., Seagate ST9320423AS Momentus 7200.4 Mobile Hard Drive - 320GB, 2.5", 7200 RPM, 16MB, SATA $49.00.


If you want I'll do the work for you for free, including recovering what's on your old drive as well, but you'll have to ship it to me. Let me know.

 
At June 10, 2011 at 9:28 PM, Blogger mudplanet said...

Bad news.

After I researched your Dell it turns out that it's old enough to use EIDA drives, which means a 320GB drive for it costs $120 instead of $49 (ram for old computers is expensive as well).

WD Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVE - Hard drive - 320 GB - internal - 2.5" - ATA-100 - 5400 rpm - buffer: 8 MB

 
At June 10, 2011 at 10:39 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

mudplanet: I couldn't give you my old HD because the asshole took it out. Who knows what he did with it?

The existing one really is toast. Windows will never load on it and I keep getting the classic black screen of death. Nothing much recoverable but a few basic programs and software because it almost immediately shit the bed once I got it home.

Barring a slight windfall, I don't want to pay $120 for a HD even if it's 320 gigs. As I'd said, I'd be happy with 40-60 gigs with a half a gig to a gig of RAM. But if you're serious about doing any future work, email me at Crawman2@yahoo.com. You sound like you know what you're talking about.

(Personal aside: When that fat fuck told me my HD was toast, he informed me the HD spins at 54,000 RPM, which sounded a little racy. You said the 320 gig HD's spin at 5400. That's just a taste of what I've had to deal with these past 3 weeks.

Another personal observation: This fat fuck in Worcester, MA who goes by the name Alex Shtudiner of 22 Front Street, after holding on to my Compaq all week, suddenly decided he didn't want to work on it and gave it back to us today untouched. Basically, he was punishing my fiancee for something that was between us.)

 
At August 17, 2011 at 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL...wow, this Robert crawdad or whatever this nut-balls name is an absolute flake.
He writes all this crap (seems to me he fancies himself a writer), and leaves out some important points.
First, this dirty birdie must use his laptop as a plate...for bear nuts? (he likes to write about those),
since his keys were all fucked up with crumbs.
two, did he mention he got free keyboard.
three; did this welfare case (no chance he could get by ANY other way) mention how much he wined about $80 for hard drive, os, drivers, office 07, and an antivirus...
usually its quite a bit more but i felt sorry for this winy boob.
To top it all off, it was not the texts that were bothersome...it was the voice mails from this looser....demanding, condescending,and pushy....just like he must act at the local food pantry.
so, in short
FUCK YOU FROM THE FAT FAT FUCK IN WORCESTER :-)))

 
At August 17, 2011 at 11:33 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Everything I ever said about you was true, Shutdiner. You took good money from me after disappearing for a week and lying to me about my laptop being ready. The HD lasted for all of 2 1/2 hours because obviously you didn't give a shit about the quality of your work (you originally wanted $100).

Then you got all pissy when I brought up the obvious. You're the one who's the flake and a fraud, to boot. Go fuck yourself and pop some more Tums, you incompetent, fat fuck.

P. S. I'm not on welfare like the rest of your "clientele."

 
At September 12, 2011 at 11:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is funny how all u guys are bitching about my stepdad over the Internet instead of growing balls and saying it to his face. U guys are all worthless pieces of shit. Good day

 
At September 12, 2011 at 11:13 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Maybe if he showed up for work once in a while, I would. Failing that, it's not worth driving all the way to Worcester just to tell him what his employees want to tell him but haven't got the balls to.

Your stepdad Alex is a lazy, burnt-out fat fuck who bit off more than even he could chew and he's disappointing his customers and frightening his employees left and right

 
At March 11, 2012 at 7:51 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Denver Computer Repair We could help you out just contact us. Thank you.

 
At June 5, 2014 at 10:32 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Go fuck yourself, Shtudiner, you shitstain. I can't believe you're still trolling the same post after three years.

 

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