Conor Schaefer on 12 Mar 2010 13:06:06 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Hardware, acquisition

On Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 3:07 PM, JP Vossen <> wrote:
John Desmond wrote:
> 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.

+1 for Newegg, usually great prices and fast shipping.
+1 for, similar
+1 for, but be prepared to do your homework here, the
"best price" is often flawed in some way, refurb, run out of someone's
garage, etc.  Take best price +~10% for a reasonable guess.
Yet another vote for Newegg. While I buy local at any and every opportunity (very small shop at 22nd & Sansom, awesome guy who has great inventory and can order anything!), Newegg is definitely the place to go if you're getting hardware online.

I've used and with no problems as well.

+1 for Western Digital, I've had *very* few problems with them.
-1 Seagate
-5 Maxstor
I agree with this assessment, with the distinction that WD internal drives are splendid, but their externals are crap. As for Seagate, the reverse seems to be true; I've had multiple Seagate externals (some branded differently) which are still running after 3 and 5 years, spinning often, but their internals crap out fast.

I just put 4 Samsung 1TBs in a server I built, we'll see how they hold up. (But it's RAID, so I didn't hesitate about buying the cheapest drive, as long as it was quiet.)

 > Finally, at some point later this year, may get new computer.
 > Recommendations for good vendors?, Ubuntu only (no Windows), great stuff, other PLUG members
are also big fans.  I will bring a Meerkat (non ION) for show-n-tell to
PLUG West on Monday if you care.  Small shop, great support, see:

Not too sound like The Man, but Dell has been offering Ubuntu for years now, and I think buying a machine through them would very much be voting with dollars. Of course, I myself would rather buy from a dedicated Linux vendor such as System76, but if you're looking for familiar decent (i.e. not great, like System76 often has) hardware, then Dell is your place.

Good luck,
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