I still have the "spare" laptop. I was offered $75 from a reseller...the same laptop line but one model older (same amount of RAM, lower speed #, and smaller hard drive) was a bit over 3X that price on their shelf, right behind me.
Decided for that amount of money, I'd rather have a spare computer on hand (two story house). Then VorGuy's Windows 7 laptop died in November 2013 (about two months after the $75 "offer") and he used it while I first tried to get his to work, get a backup made (didn't work very well either), and then transferred what I could recover to a new laptop with Windows 8 on it.
Just tried to use that hard drive for a back up of my laptop - it is one very dead hard drive...not recognized by either of my laptops...
But I don't feel like buying a NEW hard drive & trying to set it up at the moment - I've had one minor crisis after another lately, including two leaks under the kitchen sink. The plumber came back for a second visit in 13 days this morning. I'm hoping that there will be an interlude in this drama over Easter.
I could use some chocolate and a weekend where nothing breaks down.