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Old 04-20-2005, 01:23 PM   #1
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Another question/advice for you techies!

I've been fortunate to have come into possession of a "decommissioned" desktop. It is a Compaq Deskpro. It has the following:

18.5 Squzzy (sp) drive
256 mb memory
CD drive
3.5 floppy drive
Sound card (don't have it to see type)
Pentium II
256kbps modem

This was used primarily as an office machine (hence the drive specs). It is loaded with XP and all the other goodie software.

Question: Is it worth changing the harddrive...it is a bit noisy and has limited space?
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Changing drives is a piece of cake, but you could just keep the current drive as your O/S only drive, and slap in another much larger drive for not taht much, and use that drive to install your programs/applications and store your data. HTH

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Really, it all depends on what you want to do with it.

A P-II will not run most games out these days.

If the Hard Drive is SCSI, you'd have to change it out with a new SCSI drive, unless the computer has support for standard EIDE / IDE drives.

If it's free, I'd suggest using it for no more than a file store, or maybe balancing your checkbook.
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8O My brian just expoded. I know better than to read techie posts
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I can't tell if you're pointing out my spelling error or not

Oh well, techies, please continue to help Jc and I will stay out of this one
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just like verb said, if the main drive is SCSI (scuzzy. ) then it's possible it won't support a regular ide drive at all. no way to know without searching the model number, or cracking it open.

SCSI drives are VERY pricy, so it's not really worth it replacing it. if you could put an ide in there it might be worth it, but otherwise id leave it as is and just use it for email... or browsing AA.
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I'm surprised a PII can handle XP. Sounds like it would be running slow. I like the recommendation of using it as a file server, if you have a network going at home or you want to set one up. That system would make a fine computer for someone who doesn't currently have one.
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Thanks for the input all. I wanted to donate it to my Alma Mater (grade school) for use by the PTA members. I know the computer cannot support IDE, so I guess it's better left as is.

Yes, PII can support XP...and yeah, it will be slower than the current souped up PIV.

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Add a couple ethernet NICs and that would be a sweet hardware firewall/gateway/router/file server if use *nix (I prefer Debian or FreeBSD -- if this is your first time with a server and want a lower learning curve, Clarkconnect and Smoothwall (.org) ), plus a decent small webserver too. If you have or want a home LAN that computer will be of great help and security to you.
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