68-pin SCSI Hard Drives
We’ve been busy lately at The Working Centre’s Computer Recycling Project trying to clear out different items. Among those items are a variety of 68-pin UW (Ultra-Wide) SCSI hard drives. We’ve just finished overwriting a bunch of SCSI hard drives using Darik’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN.org) and are now making them available to any residents in the Kitchener/Waterloo region at a cost of $0.25/GB.
Most of the drives we have available are small, 9.1GB. We have a few larger SCSI drives that may not be on the list below, but are in the process of being overwritten. At this point we are not overwriting SCA (Sun Component Architecture) hard drives, but we could make some available if there was a strong interest from someone within the community.
At present we are need for both PATA and SATA hard drives above 80GB, so we don’t have any PATA or SATA hard drives larger than 30GB for sale.
I welcome contact through any of the social networking buttons on this site, via The Working Centre’s web site, email, or by calling phone (519)743-1151 x121 for donations. Please note that our not-for-profit project does not buy used equipment.
Here’s the list of what we currently have available in 68-pin UW-SCSI drives:
- 2 x Fujitsu MAP3367NP 36GB 10K RPM (Ultra 320) – $9.00CDN/each
- 2 x Fujitsu MAJ3091MP 9.1GB 10K RPM (Ultra 160) – $2.25CDN/each
- 1 x IBM DDYS-T18350 18.2GB 10K RPM (Ultra 160) – $4.50CDN
- 2 x IBM DNES-309170 9.1GB 7500 RPM – $2.25CDN/each
- 1 x Quantum Atlas TY18L461 18.4GB 10K RPM (Ultra 160) – $4.50CDN
- 1 x Seagate ST39175LW 9.1GB 7500 RPM – $2.25CDN
- 1 x Quantum Atlas IV KN09L462 9.1GB (Ultra 160) – $2.25CDN
- 1 x IBM DRVS IEC-950 9.1GB – $2.25CDN
Computer Recycling does not normally hold items, but in the case of specialty items like this we might make an exception; please contact me if you’re interested in one of these hard drives and cannot make it in right away.
Jim Lynch, all around great guy, and TechSoup Global GURU, wrote a great article yesterday called Environmental Case for Refurbished IT Equipment. In this article Jim presents a really good case for reusing old computer equipment instead of recycling it (having it broken down). Instead of re-arguing what Jim’s already covered I thought I’d touch on another reason why refurbishing old equipment might be better than ditching it for less power-hungry equipment.
For the past several years companies have been slinging around the term “Green” for a lot of their equipment. We have green hard drives, green power supplies, green notebooks, etc. In some cases this might mean something as simple as running at 7200RPM instead of 10,000 RPM. In other cases it refers to an eco-friendly manufacturing process from start to finish.
So why keep something that might draw more power alive when more green alternatives exist? One thought comes to mind right off the top – quality. If you’ve been in the industry awhile you remember when manufacturers started flooding the market with cheap Winmodems instead of hardware modems. Winmodems were cheaper to manufacture, did a reasonable job on Windows, but were a bit of a pain under other operating systems. Today we see a lot of cheap laptops. At $250-$400 a pop they seem to be flooding the market. My wife and I bought our son one. The quality of these laptops, compared to say a Lenovo T410, is very poor. It’s almost as if manufacturers are pushing out notebooks they only expect to last a year or two. They may use better energy conservation technology, but they seem built to break.
Remember the old Toshiba commercial where the guy forgets the laptop on the hood of his car? The car takes off and the laptop crashes to the ground but doesn’t break… it’s not the situation today, especially at the low end of the laptop spectrum. Materials in some of these notebooks are so cheap that something as simple as trying to unscrew a screw on the bottom causes plastic inside to break. The solution is simple, manufacturers should be using a small metal bolt to prevent the plastic thread from breaking.
I’ve also noticed our son’s cheap notebook (he has a better quality one too) tends to overheat a lot. It runs really hot and sometimes shuts down because of a heat event, and this notebook is only around 6 months old.
New technology might be more energy efficient, but if the shelf life is a lot less then it’s creating more of an environmental problem rather than less. Sure, new technology can be refurbished, but there comes a point where really cheap equipment requires a machine to replace components (or an incredibly talented soldering expert).