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What to do with old parts?

By fatguy
May 13, 2006
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  1. Not sure if this belongs here.

    I've looked around in old boxes and stuff (cardboard) of my dad's and have noticed a whole lot of old parts laying around.

    Instead of letting them just sit there getting outdated I want to do something with them, make something. Whatever but have had no ideas.

    SO what do you people do with old parts?
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    If they're usuable like CD-ROMs, floppy drives, hard drives - recycle them in new builds. Even older, lower capacity hard drives can be used as external drives with a USB to IDE adapter.

    If not, sell 'em on ebay. That's what I do.
    I used to run a computer salvage business years ago.
    When I retire from the military in the next few years, I might get back into it.
  3. Spike

    Spike TS Rookie Posts: 2,371

    And if hard drives are too small even for that (I have a 0.9 GB one somewhere) and still work, keep it as an antique. :)
  4. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,646

    If you have the basics for a complete desktop eg. MB PSU CPU Ram HDD Rom
    You could make a Network Server for your Home network.
    You can grab a KVM switch so you do not have to double up on Mouse ,Monitor Kb $20 and maybe a larger HDD.
    It would be cool for secure common files storage for all your Clients and common Backups etc.
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I have a 10GB hd that I use to xfer stuff from computer to computer.....
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    The usability of these parts depends on what exatly they are and whether they are in working condition.

    Some older computer components may be worth a lot of money to someone who needs to fix a priceless antique machine. The price of some other bits may be what you get for selling them as scrap metal. And yes, some things may be usable even in the newest computers.
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I still use zip 100s on occasion, floppy drives (in every computer), and cd roms.
  8. IBN

    IBN TS Maniac Posts: 625

    If you can, can you point me to a post on how to create one?
  9. Spike

    Spike TS Rookie Posts: 2,371

    What's the going rate for EDO RAM pairs and SIMMS these days? lol. If I recall, I have a few of each.
  10. fatguy

    fatguy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I found more old stuff :D.
    Headsets, mice, lots of mouse pads, a few old drives, some ram, a CD drive and other stuff.

    I think I'll get together enough pieces to make a PC to run VMware on.

    Has anyone ever gone to the garbage dump to look for old computer's that might have useful parts?

    I actually feel excited about this stuff :p
  11. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    Computer Salvage is BIG business. I used to run a small salvage business about 17 years ago.
     
  12. fatguy

    fatguy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Nice, I'd like to hear more about that.

    I bought some plastic storage boxes today, but for some reason (most likely because i'm stupud) I dont want to put anything in there that don't have anti-static bags, because I think they'll get killed by static.
  13. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,646

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