Computer Repair Technicians Taking the Easy Way Out – The Wipe and Reinstall Fix
This “syndrome” in the computer repair industry ranks near the top of my frustration list of practices by some computer repair technicians. I am referring to the practice Ouveillan of a few unprofessional computer repair technicians, and even some big company franchises, taking the easy way out to fix a computer by telling the customer that they have to wipe the hard drive and reinstall everything.
In my head, I am still trying to figure out how someone can call wiping and reinstalling a “fix” for any computer repair problem. On my list of remedies, that is my last resort. Generally it kind of leaves me feeling a bit defeated. But, since I rarely have to ever do that, I think only 3 or 4 times in the last 18 years, it is not a big issue for me.
So why do so many computer repair technicians find it so easy to resort to destroying the customer’s data and wiping their hard drive as a solution to a computer repair problem? Here are a few of the reasons.
They really do not know how to fix the problem. This is the number one reason. Most of the time this is the approach most often used by technicians that have little experience in actually troubleshooting and fixing computers, You know who they are. Its the guy, often barely out of high school, that grew up playing with computers and built his own gaming system so he thinks he is an expert at repairing computers, or the person that home studied the certification books and proceeded to get a certificate because he answered all the question right on a piece of paper. Any way it goes, they just don’t have the experience and this is their only solution. What is worse is they are taking advantage of the customer that is trusting their “expert” conclusion that this is the ONLY solution to their problem, often leaving the customer with a feeling of regret for not having backed up all their data, documents and pictures and losing them because of the reinstall
Time and money equals profits. It takes longer to troubleshoot and attempt remedial actions on a computer with complicated problems. Often a consumer is looking for the best price for the computer repair. In order to remain competitive and maintain a volume of business, a computer repair company may resort to the wipe and re-install of a computer because it takes significantly less time than actually resolving the issue. Thus, they can make more money by taking the fastest route to getting the computer up and running again. Again, not usually in the customer’s best interest because they end up generally losing their data and having to reinstall all of their software applications on their own.
Laziness. This comprises a little of both of the above plus a poor attitude, but is really self-explanatory. The computer tech or the company philosophy is to take the easy way out, avoid possible complications, get the computer out the door repaired, and do so with the least effort, time and expense. It is a “repair mill” mentality. In general, they just don’t care about the customer. Rather, it is all about whatever is easiest and most profitable. Again, the customer becomes an innocent victim of unprofessional business attitudes and practices.
A comment response by a self-proclaimed computer repair guru on a forum posting by another newbie technician asking “What’s a good turnaround time on computer repair for consumers?” read the following: “It really depends on clientele, If you want to do this in a full time extent, you should be able to do this in about 8 – 12 hours. If you just reimage the computer it shouldn’t take more than 2 hours.” I guess we know how he operates.
A true technician can resolve nearly any problem without resorting to wiping a hard drive and reinstalling the operating system, also referred to as reimaging a computer. A technician with a genuine concern for the customer’s best interest will use everything in their arsenal to fix a problem before resorting to a total reimaging of a computer system.