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Re: [school-discuss] Replacement Hard Drive or Computer

how about buying a 16gb USB flash drive to run your OS... http://www.pendrivelinux.com/ of course an SSD would be more fun... but they remain expensive for the time being.  If possible choose one of the speedier flash sticks...  http://usbflashspeed.com/ ÂÂ

I am thinking of going that way for 5-10 older model computers at a university in Laos... Âthe current hard drives are in the 20-40gb range I think nearly 10 years old... ÂPIII cpus and 128mb ram.

j. Tim Denny, Ph.D.Â
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On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 03:17, Joel Kahn <jj2kk4@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I'm seeing signs that the hard drive on my Windows XP dinosaur may be
reaching its final days. My wife and I have a computer replacement budget
between tiny and zero, so I'm looking at scrounging either a drive or a whole
CPUÂfrom wherever I can get it. The model we have is a Gateway DX110X;
its aÂsimple mini-tower. I *think* the HD runs off a standard EIDE interface
from circa 2006. Whether we get just the drive or a different box, I'm guessing
we'll be "forced" from Microsoft to Linux or BSD or whatever; my wife will
gripe because she'll have to learn a different environment than what she's
used to at school (no more Internet Explorer at home), but she knows that
us beggars can't be choosers.

Our monitor, keyboard, and mouse are fine; in the worst case, all I'd be
looking forÂwould be the basic box. Naturally, I'll take as much RAM and
processor speed as I can get, but we're just looking for web browsing,
word processing, and a bit of image handling. If we can run Youtube
videosÂwithout a crash, we'd be pretty much set.

Her brother serves on the school board for the same district where
she's an art teacher. If they get to see some FLOSS in action, there
mightÂbeÂbroad beneficial side effects.

Does anyone out thereÂhave somethingÂfunctional tucked away that
you'veÂbeen wanting to dump anyhow?

I hope to hear from someone soon.


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