Or rather is it easy to get the hard disk in my archaic laptop repaired?
Any and all thoughts and suggestions are welcome. Thank you.
sidefx: What laptop is it? Laptop hard drives are generally very easy to replace if you can find a replacement. Ubuntu will run reasonably well on pretty much anything.
Best of luck - it's good to use old hardware rather than chuck it if you can.
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