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    Is this a good buy?

    I bought an IBM X-series 232 server today for $cdn150+tx+tx.
    The nice sales lady told me it is 1.33 GHz
    It has FOUR drives on rails (I needed two, for my backup drives), + 2 spare bays, a CD drive, 1.44 Floppy.
    There appears to be a honking big fan (4" diam?) at the back, plus fans on two removable power units, each the size of a small house-brick.
    The removables currently hold 18GB drives, but I will replace those with my 80GB boot and 300G & 400G backup drives.

    Out with the BBB (Big beige Box) and in with the BBB (Big Black Box).
    I decided to celebrate by buying it its own licensed copy of Win XP, but Billy G took $159+tx+tx off me for that, the only black cloud in my day.

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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    Well, WinXP is safely installed. This weekend I will place the Big Black Server (BBS) next to the Big Beige Box and hook the BBS into the network.
    The 4xremovable drives are SCSI (photo attached). The connector is much slimmer than that on my IDE rails.
    Ooops! I hadn't noticed that when I bought it. Gone are my dreams of popping out drives 2,3,4 (18G each) and replacing them with my IDE drives of 80G, 300G, 400G capacity.
    Still and all I have two bays spare, and I hope, 4 IDE connectors. There's a CD drive that obviously is working. Worst case now is I might buy two new good-quality rails.

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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    Well, I'll say good luck to ya, Chris! I don't know if it's a good buy or not (your original subject) BUT for some reason I thought SCSI was a thing of the past. I guess not, huh? I am surprised that someone (IBM?) markets a "server" product with 18 gig drives, even 3 or 4 of 'em...

    Hope you have a fun weekend, after all today IS the 13th...

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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    SCSI drives have typically been relatively small. Most of the machines we had at my last place of employment with SCSI drives were either 18 or 36GB. I used to dream of getting a budget for the 15k rpm 72GB disks... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    >> ...a thing of the past...

    I suspect this is not a new bit of gear - not for $150 anyway! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    Chris,
    This can't be a new piece of hardware. I think some of the items looksound like about 1990ish?
    At any rate, it might be an interesting project to dig up ways to adapt it to more modern use.

    The $150.00 Canadian dollar cost? I don't believe its worth the cost but that's only my opinion. Have fun with it.
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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    I would have said the disks alone are worth that - it's only about
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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    At the current exchange rate from XE.com, it works out to $143.052 US, or
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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    70 quid !

    That's 'ardly an 'our's overtime for a chimney sweep round 'ere.

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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    > I thought SCSI was a thing of the past.
    I believe it is.
    The BBS comes with 4x18GB SCSIs and 2002 BIOS.
    The web-sites of local computer stores don't throw up anything on a serach for SCSI drives. My plan, still, is to use my large IDEs or go to SATA, if I can get there before THEY become obsolete.

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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    > I suspect this is not a new bit of gear
    Correct. I picked it up off the floor of the liquidator/refurbisher in Orangeville, Ontario.

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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    > I think some of the items looksound like about 1990ish?
    Correct.

    >...dig up ways to adapt it to more modern use.
    From my point of view I have a decent-size case, with vicious power supplies, and NINE 5.25" bays, one of which is the CD.
    The old Big Beige Box was getting flaky in it spower supply and/or cables.

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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    > I would have said the disks alone are worth that -
    I haven't much time for 18GB devices today, but Tiger Direct had cases, much smaller, and only two bays, for about $cdn60.
    The case and power supplies plus the 9 bays are what I bought.
    I might have checked that the drives in the removable bays were SCSIs and expressed disappointment, but for the price of two decent sets of rails I'm back in business.

    I just checked and found my jukebox is 22GB, so I can't fit all my music onto a single SCSI.
    My digital photos are only 5GB, so they can sit on a SCSI.
    My scanned photos are less than 1GB, but that will change once I move house.

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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    >it's only about

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