Sunday, November 11, 2007

Historic Computer Rehab

The machine on which I do most of my blogging is a nearly eight-year-old Gateway that was a real fire-breather when we bought it.

But its once incredibly huge 40-gig drive is full, and its CD-ROM drive died quite a while back. I was thinking of replacing it.

But the old CPU is still fine for the stuff I do -- word processing, web surfing, e-mail, blogging, and the occasional production on Windows Movie Maker. And the price of a good, new desktop just wasn't in the budget right now.

So I picked up a $25 read-write CD burner at Staples and a new 160 gig internal drive at Best Buy for less than $100. They were really easy to install; my old gateway had two open slots for additional internal drives.

The only tricky part was getting iTunes to find the 20 gigs of music I migrated to the new hard drive, and even that wasn't very hard.

If I had known it was this cheap and easy, I would have done it a couple of years ago.

1 comment:

Herb Everett said...

I can't tell from the pic, but it looks like you might be due for a monitor upgrade, too. A larger work area has done wonders. I operate mostly on a 12-in. Powerbook, but I've connected a 20-inch monitor to it and it's been amazing.