LeRoy on 12 Mar 2010 02:59:08 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Hardware, acquisition

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John Desmond wrote:
> Salutations, gentlefolk,
> My current computer's hard disk is making 'need replacement' noises.  
> Recommondations for preferred manufacturers and good sources for new 
> drives (and other parts and pieces) sought.  Local vendors preferred, 
> mail order places also considered.

Microcenter http://www.microcenter.com/ St. davids on Rt. 30
Great store with knowledgeable staff.

For Mail order I use http://www.newegg.com

> 100 gig capacity minimum needed.  Reliable, big, fast - in that order
> Should anyone wish to comment on points to check, when copying 
> everything from old drive to new, please do so.

If you have a SATA Controller in your system I would defiantly get a
SATA drive, otherwise I would get an IDE.  You can copy partition
devices or if you have a reliable good backup you can use the backup.

Before you begin you might want to read the man pages for cp and dd.

Also, you might want to checkout http://www.sysresccd.org.  I realize it
is a bit late for downloading a cd image, but I have used this in the
past with great success.

> Finally, at some point later this year, may get new computer.  
> Recommendations for good vendors ?

Same as above.
> Thanks, very much, for your help with these questions.
> Yours, John Desmond

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