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What to do with an old 2nd hard drive?


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#1 Crazy49er

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 10:36 PM

I recently ran out of space on my 160 gb SATA hard drive on my Desktop that I've had since I built the PC. I had placed a copy of Vista 32bit OEM on this drive. Now I got a great deal some time ago on a 500gb SATA drive and purchased the Windows 7 64bit OEM copy. I'm enjoying the changes. But I'm left with a bit of a quandary.

What to do with a 160 gb drive that is left plugged into the Desktop? I don't typically download much music, and many of the files I need to backup are backed up on an external usb hard drive or flash drive. I'm still only hat 25% use for the 500 gb so space isn't really an issue. But I'm curious as to what you all think I should or could do with it?

-Unplug it and stop wasting power?
-Keep Vista, and use it as a secret bunker from which to fight off any Virus Invasions on the main drive?
-Wipe it clean, install Ubuntu 10.10 and begin learning to speak the language of my new Linux overlords?
-I dunno you tell me..

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#2 killerx525

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 12:30 AM

I reckon you should keep another backup copy of your main computer image, just in case.

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 12:36 AM

I use my old-er 750GB drive to backup my main data drive and game saves using a SATA drive dock.

Anyone else remember when 80MB HDD's were large?

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 12:51 AM

I use my old-er 750GB drive to backup my main data drive and game saves using a SATA drive dock.

Anyone else remember when 80MB HDD's were large?

I wasn't around your time but what i do remember was when 40GB hard drive were large.

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 12:56 AM

I wasn't around your time but what i do remember was when 40GB hard drive were large.


It wasn't that long ago, only about 20 years or so, I was 7 at the time. The next hard drive I got had a whopping 4GB.

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 01:01 AM

Lol, i just recently got a free Maxtor 20GB IDE from my cousin who wanted me to have it, just in case i needed to backup data from a old comp.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 10:12 PM

Have a look at this :whistle:

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 10:41 PM

it would make a good backup drive-you could even purchase an enclosure for it, and save your backups onto that that way when its not in use you can turn it off to save power, and theres no chance of getting a virus infection on it.

oh, and I still have some older 3.4 gb hard drives in my garage. . . .

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