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Old Netbook
Sep 10, 2021 08:56:57   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Remember Netbooks? There were small, very basic computers that were somewhat popular years ago. I came across mine yesterday from (Acer Aspire, 2013, $240) and it still works - more or less. The battery doesn't seem to charge, and although it has a good Wi-Fi signal, it doesn't connect online. Win7 starts right up, and it works fine. It's slow (1.6 gHz Atom CPU), but it works. I used to bring it with me when I traveled, and I'd transfer images to its 320 MB hard drive.

I don't see a practical use for it now, so I might remove the hard drive and use it as an external. It's funny how they were so popular years ago, but they never caught on. It was perfect for me though. It served it's purpose.

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Sep 10, 2021 12:01:46   #
juan_uy Loc: Uruguay
 
I would give a second thought to the idea of using that drive.
It's small and old, drives are cheap to risk a headache for this drive failing.

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Sep 11, 2021 08:58:03   #
bobmcculloch Loc: NYC, NY
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Remember Netbooks? There were small, very basic computers that were somewhat popular years ago. I came across mine yesterday from (Acer Aspire, 2013, $240) and it still works - more or less. The battery doesn't seem to charge, and although it has a good Wi-Fi signal, it doesn't connect online. Win7 starts right up, and it works fine. It's slow (1.6 gHz Atom CPU), but it works. I used to bring it with me when I traveled, and I'd transfer images to its 320 MB hard drive.

I don't see a practical use for it now, so I might remove the hard drive and use it as an external. It's funny how they were so popular years ago, but they never caught on. It was perfect for me though. It served it's purpose.
Remember Netbooks? There were small, very basic c... (show quote)


My son had a netbook, his "baby", loved it, good for carrying around, I've got an 11" Lenovo, IMHO modern version of a net book, runs Win 10, Great for travel!

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Sep 11, 2021 09:09:42   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
juan_uy wrote:
I would give a second thought to the idea of using that drive.
It's small and old, drives are cheap to risk a headache for this drive failing.


That's a consideration, but it wouldn't hold any "only" data. I use lots of old drives. So far, so good. They're all redundant - for lending to friends, etc.

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Sep 11, 2021 16:28:36   #
anotherview Loc: California
 
I believe 1tb of external storage has dropped below $100.
juan_uy wrote:
I would give a second thought to the idea of using that drive.
It's small and old, drives are cheap to risk a headache for this drive failing.

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Sep 13, 2021 08:24:35   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
anotherview wrote:
I believe 1tb of external storage has dropped below $100.


It's amazing, isn't it? Still, I'd never look for the cheapest hard drive I could find. I stick with HGST Deskstar, usually refurbished. I've been using several for years.

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Sep 14, 2021 23:04:29   #
OleMe Loc: Montgomery Co., MD
 
Replace the HD with an SSD. Install linux. It'll be like new. Wish you were near by as I'd be at your backdoor waitng to catch it as youn throw it away

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Sep 14, 2021 23:16:23   #
Laramie Loc: Tempe
 
In the Phoenix area there is an outfit that takes donated computers, fixes them up and gives them to students that need a computer. It's https://azstrut.org/ . Securely wipe the disk and donate it.

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Sep 14, 2021 23:22:40   #
Laramie Loc: Tempe
 
Wipe the disk with DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke).

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Sep 15, 2021 06:20:15   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
OleMe wrote:
Replace the HD with an SSD. Install linux. It'll be like new. Wish you were near by as I'd be at your backdoor waitng to catch it as youn throw it away


My throwing arm isn't what it used to be. : )

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