Due diligence before buying a used laptop...
April 16, 2010 7:42 AM Subscribe
Buying a used laptop. What can I do to ensure I'm not buying a ticking timebomb?
posted by jluce50 to computers & internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Kind of last minute, but this afternoon I'm driving over an hour to grab a lightly used laptop for an insane price, but I want to make sure I don't get suckered. I'd like to run some hardware diagnostics to check the S.M.A.R.T. status of the HDD and stuff like that. I don't want to install anything on their computer so I'm limited to portable apps I can throw on a USB drive.
I'm looking for any suggestions on what portable apps are out there, what tests I should run, and what results to look for. Any other advice on what to be looking for is appreciated as well.