Well, the Windows 2K computer at the house has bit the dust Seems to be a drive failure, I can't complain, we got this computer about 5+ years ago, and while it is NOT anything to write home about, it has served well as an at home computer, for the basics. It is a Pentium 4 CPU 1.60GhHz. I went to buy a new drive for it, as well as a new graphics card, while I was at it I bought a new DVD-R internal drive, and a PCI USB card for it, giving me 5 more USB ports (Only had 2 stock). I got some deals and I had a lot of "points" on my membership card, so for all of that stuff, I paid about $30, well worth it for resurrecting this at home computer. One funny thing, this computer had a 40GB drive which was FULL when it failed, I went to buy a new drive, I'd like to put something larger in, but we checked the mother board, and it can only handle a 120Gb drive, unless I upgraded the BIOS, but then it was not a sure thing that a larger than 120Gb drive would work, they said it "should" work I ended up just buying an 80Gb drive, and it was more expensive than the 500Gb external USB drive I bought as well Supply and demand I guess, not much call for them small 80Gb drives anymore
All we really do with it right now is surf the net, e-mail and a little picture editing, nothing high power at all.
We would have loved to buy another Mac, but right now, just before Christmas, we decided to just fix this one up
I do have a full Win XP Pro SP2 legal disk, so I installed that, and I hope the XP runs better on this machine. Oh well, there went another morning of work
I've yet to get everything installed, all the mail and such.
One very bright spot is I bought this cable adapter thing, it hooks up to the busted HDD with an AC adapter, and a cable that goes onto the IDE connection and then into the computer with a USB cable, it comes with some Data Recovery software, and right now, it looks like I can get most, if not all of the data from the busted drive.
This is the unit I bought, it is really slick.
For the 3.5" regular desktop computer drives, you need the cable and the AC adapter.
For the 2.5" drives, like from a notebook or laptop computer, you don't need the AC adapter, just the cable.
I was also able to copy all the data from the laptop in the shop that died, which was replaced by the MacMini.
The cable cost all of $15, not bad indeed.
I'm sure this kind of cable is common or popular in the US as well, but I'd not seen or heard of one before.