Tired of having to part with your old hard drive simply because you upgraded to a higher-capacity one?
Well, Gateway is doing something about it. In the name of improving customers data security, the company last week kicked off a program that lets buyers keep their old hard drives when upgrading.
Normally, customers return the old hard drive or buy it from the computer maker. The problem for those returning old hard drives, however, is that often-sensitive data—from medical records to credit card numbers—is still stored on the drive when its returned, Gateway officials said.
Under the companys Keep Your Hard Drive service plan, announced last week, customers can keep the hard drive if a new one is installed under warranty. For $30 per drive for three years, users of Gateways notebooks and E-Series business desktops retain control of the hard drive.
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