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Worth fixing this thing up?

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So after buying a tablet about half a year ago, bad things happened. First of all, the tablets back plate was falling apart so I bought a used one (obviously in much better condition) for $20. A few months later, the WIFI card seems glitchy so I switch it out with the same one (but different revision) from my HP laptop, worked fine ever since. Today, after installing photoshop to take full advantage of the pressure sensitive digitizer, the system slows down and it took 3 minutes for a HDD error message to pop up. When I tried to shut down, 2 minutes later I get a BSOD and it shuts off. I take it apart and remove the harddrive. Sure enough whenever I lightly shake it I sounds like somethings loose. The tablet itself boots fine into the BIOS and boots from USB just fine,but I was wondering is it going to be worth it to invest in a replacement HDD?

The HDD is a 1.8" ZIF. These are expensive as hell and they cost literally $1 for every Gb, and THATS REFURBISHED!!!!!!! So on ebay, a 40Gb hitachi will cost me $40 and its a seller refurbished which is pretty much just a wiped out HDD used for god knows how long. What I am asking is: Will the $40 really be worth it? I am not some photoshop professional, just looking for a new hobby. This thing played Hulu fairly well and it never lagged when drawing. Also, I am planning on installing Windows 7.

Here are some specs of this bad boy:
Pentium D 1.2Ghz 2mb L2 cache processor (KIM this is better that atom at same clocks)
Maxed out 2 Gb Ram DDR2 @ 600mhz
800x600 8.4" pressure sensitive digitizer (push harder with the pen for thick lines, lightly for very thin lines)
Last but not least intel integrated 915. Obviously not for gaming but preforms well with 720p playback.

What do you think? Also, I know this question should be posted in appraisals, but in general, what do you think I could get for this thing here on OCN? (obviously with a new HDD, etc.)
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i think it is worth a mere 40 bux.
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$40 bucks it is!

Also, do you guys know where I can get a new ZIF 1.8" HDD. I'm a bit skeptical buying a "Refurbished" one from ebay
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Those are same drives as in iPods and many other HDD-based MP3 players. Just make sure you have a ZIF one with a ribbon (newer ones) and not the older one with pin connector.
I suggest you just get a decent condition iPod (5 gen+ should do) and yank the drive out - that should be cheaper, no? (or at least you can get a bigger drive)
    
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