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Old 08-20-2009, 07:00 PM
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Default Hard Drive Giveaway: I've Got 3350 GB of Storage to Give Away

<p>In a discussion thread that started <a href="" target="_blank">talking about my collection of old RAM</a>, I mentioned that I had a bunch of "small, old hard drives" that I didn't have any use for, and the response when I stated the capacities was quite amusing - my definition of "old" is any hard drive older than two years, and "small" is anything under 500 GB or so. A few people in that discussion thread are still using sub-100 GB hard drives, so it seemed like it was time for a giveaway!</p><p><img src="" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>I have seven hard drives in total to give away, ranging from a new 750 GB drive down to a 300 GB drive. All told, I have 3350 GB in storage up for grabs. The drives in this giveaway are:</p><ul><li>Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 750 GB (SATA)</li><li>Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500 GB (SATA)</li><li>Western Digital Caviar 500 GB (SATA)</li><li>Western Digital Caviar 500 GB (SATA)</li><li>Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 400 GB (SATA)</li><li>Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 400 GB (SATA)</li><li>Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300 GB (PATA)</li></ul><p>So here's how this going to work: every week for seven weeks I'm going to give away one of the drives. Each contest will be the same as this one: all you have to do is post a message telling me how you'd use the hard drive. Will you replace the hard drive in a current computer? What size is your current drive? Or add it to a current system as a backup drive? Or will you put the drive in an enclosure? Post one message in the discussion thread. I'll select the winner at random. Once you win one of the contests, you're out of the running for the next contests in this series. Each winner will be contacted via private forum message and they'll have 72 hours to respond to claim their prize - so be sure email notifications are turned on for your forum account. The last contest I ran someone missed out on winning a prize because they didn't reply to my message for two weeks!</p><p>The drive I'm giving away in this first contest is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 400 GB drive. This contest will close on Thursday the 27th at 12 noon GMT -7. Enter now!</p><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> The contest is completed, and the winner is <em>dirtboy</em>. Thanks to everyone for entering! Many more hard drive giveaways coming up...</p>
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:09 PM
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Wow. I could really use a bigger driver than I already have. I used to have an external LaCie 160 GB drive, but it went south last year, and I have not been able to get something to replace it.
I have inside my PC an 80 or 120 GB (I cannot remember which) and a 40 GB (from an older computer).
Having enough room on my computer again would be great.

Am I the first to post!!!
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:16 PM
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I'd probably get an enclosure and use this as an external drive. I have an eSATA External connector, but could probably find a case that would allow me to connect it. I could definitely use something to back up my photos on a regular basis. I already have enough internal drives, though I could consider replacing one of my older internal drives for this one.
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:45 PM
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I could use an new hd, I have a good pc that I need memory and a hd for to bring back to life. My bro currently wants a computer and the only thing I have to give him is a pos laptop from 6 years ago.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:27 PM
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I'd put it in an enclosure for backup.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:37 PM
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My system has a 750Gb drive that is about 60 percent full. I would use a second drive for my personal media, keeping it separate from the drive with the operating system and applications.

I have become a zealot about back-up and use a stand alone drive for copies of my media. I use an automatic process to back up the C drive but also periodically manually copy the media as well. This is not the most efficient back up system ever devised, but it makes me feel more secure.

I became a back-up believer the way most people do- painfully. A second drive in my system would allow for a safer and more labor effective back-up process. I'd still use the stand alone drive but wouldn't need to do the manual copying back-up to my back-up.

Our personal media is the most important data on our computers. Music can be replaced as can commercial video. My personal video and pictures are the most important items I own. And as zealous as I have been on back-up in recent years, a few weeks ago it became even more vital to me in a way that you Jason can appreciate: the birth 58 days ago of my first grandchild. The number of pictures on my computer has grown exponentially since then.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:52 PM
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I'd add it to home server PC as additional storage drive. Lots of movies and running out of storage!
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:50 PM
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I'm overseas and not sure if I qualify for this giveaway, but...

I've been thinking about installing Windows Home Server into my Dell desktop It used to have just 80GB but I've recently added another 500MB.

Anything else would be nice to increase total space or as a backup using an external enclosure...


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Old 08-20-2009, 11:38 PM
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Hmm.... my system has 410GB, spread over 2 HDs, so it would be tempting to put a larger HD in place of one of the existing ones, & then pass that one along.

OTOH, just bought new machine for youngest daughter, specifically for Photoshop CS4, and there was no room in budget for a 2nd HD - and just KNOW that she will be running out of room by the time winter semester is over....

If lucky enough that it comes to a Decision, might end up having to flip a coin!
(Or else see how Grades hold up....)
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:44 PM
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right now I backup 150 gigs of stuff but on two 100 gig hard drives with only one enclosure. So I have to back half up switch out the drive and then backup the rest. A larger drive then would allow me to do it all in one step. Easier and safer I should really do this anyways but lets hope I can win one
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