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Hairyloon

Old hard drives.

I have here a pile of old hard drives. The discussion in my head goes something like this:
"It works, so it could be useful as a drive."
"But it is only 5GB, you've got almost that much in RAM: it's more useful as scrap."
"OK, fair point..."

But the winning argument gets less convincing as the drive size goes up, so how big is a drive likely to be to still be considered as useless?
dpack

100g is useful for a domestic linux machine
Hairyloon

100g is useful for a domestic linux machine

I'm pretty sure I had a Linux box running recently on 40GB.
Lloyd

Depends how much stuff you wish or need to recover from it.
Hairyloon

Depends how much stuff you wish or need to recover from it.

I fear you may be answering the wrong question. Confused
JB

Reliability is the real concern. If a drive is old would you trust it against which is the fact that you can get a new small drive for almost nothing Lloyd

Depends how much stuff you wish or need to recover from it.
I fear you may be answering the wrong question. Confused
I have an old hard drive which contains priceless phototgraphs of deceased relatives, and which one day I will send away to regain those pix.
Hairyloon

Reliability is the real concern. If a drive is old would you trust it against which is the fact that you can get a new small drive for almost nothing
If it is so old that it doesn't have SMART information, then probably not, and if it does, then that should give a reasonable indication.

Depends how much stuff you wish or need to recover from it.
I fear you may be answering the wrong question. Confused
I have an old hard drive which contains priceless phototgraphs of deceased relatives, and which one day I will send away to regain those pix.
Since you've brought it up, I think I've just found the drive out of the machine I had 10+ years ago. Seems to be Win 95, but unsurprisingly won't boot and cannot make sense of the files on it. Did they used to do something peculiar, am I missing something obvious, or is it corrupted?
Maybe I already wiped off all the files I thought might be wanted. Confused
Hairyloon

So the next question is: what weird and wonderful things can people think of to do with the insides of an old drive?
I think I've already told you about the gerbil wheel I made out of the motor of one: it was actually too good, it span so freely that the gerbil didn't get enough exercise and got fat. Wink
I have another little project on the go, which I'll show you when it works, the magnets have a number of possibilities, but one thing that has got me stumped is the disks: there has got to be something useful to do with something that shiny. Wink
Possibly wind chimes: they do have a pleasing tinkle when you ding them...
dpack

bird repellant for peas etc? buzzy

So the next question is: what weird and wonderful things can people think of to do with the insides of an old drive?
I think I've already told you about the gerbil wheel I made out of the motor of one: it was actually too good, it span so freely that the gerbil didn't get enough exercise and got fat. Wink
I have another little project on the go, which I'll show you when it works, the magnets have a number of possibilities, but one thing that has got me stumped is the disks: there has got to be something useful to do with something that shiny. Wink
Possibly wind chimes: they do have a pleasing tinkle when you ding them...

Can you not team up with one of our wood turners, and convert them into dinky wood-framed mirrors? Very Happy

Henry
Hairyloon

I had thought about using the as mirrors, but they have a big hole through the middle, and unti just, I hadn't thought about putting one behind to fill the hole. Embarassed buzzy

I had thought about using the as mirrors, but they have a big hole through the middle, and unti just, I hadn't thought about putting one behind to fill the hole. Embarassed

Well, I don't suppose they have to be used a shaving/make-up mirrors, just reflective surfaces to highlight bits of the room decor.

Henry
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