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Advice for cheap harddrives


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HolyCowZ

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I'm looking to get 20 cheap hard drives does anyone know a place that is safe to buy from and also very cheap. 

I have 20 computers I got cheap but none have hard drives I want to set up a mini internet not connected to the net the pcs will function as different types of servers hosting different types of sites and one will function as a dns server it's for a little project I'm working on testing something I made. Oh they don't have to have much space 250gb each is fine.

And can anyone recommend the most secure free DNS server software.

Thank you in advance


Edited by HolyCowZ, 04 December 2016 - 06:12 AM.

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No such thing as a "good" cheap HDD, you get what you pay for I`m afraid and depending on the type of drive IDE/PATA or SATA lesser sized storage capacity drives can often work out as expensive as the larger type.

 

I have 20 computers I got cheap but none have hard drives

 

 

The best type of place to get HDDs from would be a similar type merchant as supplied you with the PCs, check ebay or the local yellow pages for companies that specialise in bulk recycling HDDs and other hardware, alternatively check out companies like PowerSource Online here


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Gday.

AS Phillpower2 say's, "you get what you pay for I`m afraid"

Very cheap is likely to be used/refurbished, sopossible heaps of problems, How about these, > https://www.amazon.c...i-20&pldnSite=1

Do the computers still have SATA cables in them?


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The company  I got them from destroyed the hard drives for security reasons now I know why they where only £10 pounds each because the HDD's are going to cost me a fortune.

They are sata leads.

Thanks for the suggestions I'll try a few. I think I have been looking for something that didn't exist hdds for around £5 each lol.


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do all the pc's need a hard drive? what os are you planning on using? personally i think i'd have just the 1 pc setup as the hosting site/server with good reliable hard drives and use the others more like dumb terminals that connect to the main server.

you can setup the terminals to run from a live os off usb sticks.

 

19 of these 8gb usb sticks will cost you about £57 :- https://www.amazon.c...233&sr=1-4&th=1

 

:popcorn:

 

thinking about it a bit more you may not even need usb sticks for those 19 pc's and you can probably set them up so they load the os from the single server.


Edited by terry1966, 05 December 2016 - 05:26 AM.

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They will all need hard drives as I'm creating a very miniature world wide web but a tiny weenie version with varying os's and server type's as well as a variety of cloned web sites and even a Domain name server and if I can find DNS server software with DNS crypt all the better must be open source and free haha.

I got a cheap hdd of amazon that I will install on this machine to test to see what they are like if they are any good I'll have to spend out I think much more than I planned to but hey ho.

The USB stick is a nice Idea but i'd like it to be as realistic an environment as possible.

thanks for the suggestions.


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