[SATLUG] Hard Drives 101

Garrett Heaton gbear14275 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 4 13:56:23 CDT 2011


I have a ASUS netbook with a broken screen you can have (I'll bring it
this thursday).  You can cannibalize it for its hard drive if it will
work for you.  I'm not 100% what it has in it since it was given to me
and once I realized the screen was shot i haven't touched it since.

And if you are really in need (and have someone waiting with need for
it)... I might be able to toss one of my 1TB hitachi's your way.  I
currently have 4 in a raid configuration but am not really using the
machine so I could afford to drop to 3 if need be.

Another thought might be to talk to a hardware vendor either in the
local area or one of the larger vendors like newegg and pitch your
program to them.  They might be willing perhaps to offer you drives at
cost.  If you could arrange that I would be willing to pitch into a
hat that we could consider passing at one of the SATLUG meetings to
try and help cover costs.  You might even consider having an "install
fest" with all your machines to give new people a chance to walk
through installations or otherwise get some "hands on" time at one of
our meetings.  That is always the best way to learn.

Hope this might help,

On Sun, Sep 4, 2011 at 1:02 PM, Arthur Hall <art.hall at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> A word of thanks to you all, even though you didn't have to do anything other than be available... yet.  In trying to word an e-mail to you all that would help me solve a series of  deficiencies on a donated unit for a refugee family, I talked myself through most of the problems without blowing up the PC.  Learned a lot in the process and that's the good part.
> The donated Dell Optiplex GX 280 was equipped for SATA, but had no hard drive.  It had only one IDE connector and that ran the DVD.  I have no SATA drives on hand, but was able to attach an IDE HD and make it run fairly well.  The largest working drive I had left, though, is small (20GB) and the machine deserves something better.
> So, here's the pitch.  Does anyone have an extra SATA hard
>  drive that I can beg, borrow, or steal?  Goodwill doesn't carry them and there is little or no funding available for this computer ministry.  We have been able to equip nearly 90 refugee families through donations of equipment, time, and expertise and a lot of that came from SATLUGgers.  Many, many thanks.
> While I'm in the traditional begging position, I might as well share the other current need.  I have seven PCs, lots of mice and keyboards, but only one fully-working monitor available.  Anyone care to create some extra space wherever workable-but-not-currently-being-used monitors are lurking around the house?
> Again, many thanks.  The smiles of gratitude on the faces of the recipients are a great reward that I wish I could pass on to all of you.
> Art Hall
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