I have two identical Lenovo b570 laptops. Both have problems.
One is physically damaged where the top portion is broken off, the bezel is broken, and the LCD screen is bad. But the hard drive, motherboard, and the rest of the computer work just fine if I plug it into a monitor. Performance is good too. First, where is the best place to order parts to repair it? Amazon, newegg, or elsewhere?
On the second laptop, the hard drive crashed, and information is not recoverable per the good folks at Geek squad. They did mention that Lenovo might be able to recover information. There was nothing important on it, so that is not necessary. However, the key for windows is rubbed off. I think I saved the boxes, and would need to check. But assuming the worst, and I don't have a key, there are a few things I am thinking about. First, I could replace the hard drive, and get a new operating system. In that case, I can fork over a bunch of cash for Windows, or I can go with open source. However, my experience with open source is with Ubantu, and that was limited, because shortly after I started to use it, the video card went bad on that computer. I did like it though. The other option would be to take both computers and make one by taking the hard drive from one, and putting it into the other. The geek squad person was not sure if that would work or not. The other option is to take the bezel, cover, and LCD off the computer with the bad HD, and put them onto the broken computer with the good HD.
I'm leaning towards taking the hard drive out of one computer, and putting it into the other computer, then letting the other computer sit until I have parts to repair it and install ubantu. I'm looking for opinions and who has any experience with swapping out hard drives. My concern would be if I swap out hard drive, if that copy of windows would work on another computer or not?