Before this new PC arrived, I had three desktop PCs that I used for the following purposes.
- My main desktop, a dell PowerEdge 400SC class PC which I got for $20 at a yard sale in 2009. I got it to replace the dinosaur Dell (named Orion) that I had been using since 1999. I threw a copy of XP on it and added the data drive from Orion. I really only used it for storing emails, some web surfing and blogging.
- PC that I built in 2007 that was supposed to be an Application Server but I changed jobs and it ended up really being just a glorified storage drive. I had plans to use it as a NAS but never got around to it. When Nightingale and I merged households, one of my many time wasting tasks was going through a box of 3.5 inch diskettes and seeing if there was anything of value worth saving. A few got copied to this machines hard drive. Alas, somewhere between all the moves, the HD got fried and it won't even spin so I've lost whatever was on it. I do have redundant copies of most of it, but there's always a chance one file was missed over. You know, the one with the next great American novel on it, about a vampire who loves a zombie and they go to wizard school or something like that.
- A Windows Media Center PC that my in-laws gave us. It took me a couple days to get all the
Anyway, when they were all working they were fine machines and I had geek-visions of re-purposing the machines as media storage, surveillance camera servers, firewall and whatnot. Alas, it's too much work and we aren't there yet. Hence the new PC -- this is probably the last traditional desktop I will ever buy because the leading-edge trend is to go tablet.
So over the last month I've been slowly migrating the data from the old pcs to the new one. I decided I'd get rid of the App Server and the SBS machines. I'm keeping the Media Center one because it still a pretty good piece of hardware and it can support my XP apps that I don't want to upgrade. I put the outlook archive on it. The only potential issue is that the hard drive makes a lot of noise when it spins. I don't know if this is because of its age or from all the moving I put the PC through in the last year (condo to new house, basement to attic, to first floor, now to office.)
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I figure another month or so and I will be confident that I can drop these machines -- stripped of their hard drives of course -- off at the recycle center.
I figure if I don't come across it in a month, I won't likely need it at all. Yes, I do have a a backup of the HD on an external Maxtor drive, but I'm not convinced everything got copied. The problem is that I'm using a maxtor that is already very full with other backups so I cannot simply select the copy the entire drive option and for some reason I cannot select or even see certain folders. I could trouble shoot it but I rally don't want to invest that much effort and energy.
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