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40Mb HDD
« on: August 23, 2012, 17:25 »
Are there any specialist firms selling long obsolete computer parts such as the the above hard drive?
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2012, 17:41 »
Never heard of one!  What's it for?
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2012, 17:56 »
Two photos or a quarter of my iPod.  :)
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2012, 19:37 »
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2012, 22:46 »
It's for a 1990's computer attached to a spectrometer belonging to a 36" telescope. 
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Re: 40Mb HDD
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2012, 08:24 »
I bet you'll find some stacked away in University sysadmin offices (I used to have a few but junked them).

Why does it have to be 40Mb? Can it not be larger?

If you let me know the type of hard drive - i.e. what is the connection, I'm going to assume IDE though. I could fire an email off to our sysadmin and see.
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Re: 40Mb HDD
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2012, 10:24 »
Thanks very much Sam.  I don't know the full details yet but if and when I do I will get back to you.  It's for the 36" at the IoA where the spectrometer has conked out. 
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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2012, 10:05 »
I thought that might have been the case - I'm sure the IoA people (I was in their sys admin office the otherday) must have tons of old kit - then again they might have cleaned.
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Re: 40Mb HDD
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2012, 18:52 »
Thanks for that great link Simon which I'll pass on.  The IoA have thrown everything Sam and have no spares whatsoever.  This may be a deliberate ploy to kick out the 'owner' of the 36" who is not at all popular within the community.  However, he's a first class astronomer and I think he should be allowed to carry on until he pops his clogs.
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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2012, 00:18 »
I wonder what the new Cavendish building might mean for that scope. I can't quite remember the orientation but its probably not great.
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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2012, 08:50 »
It's a disaster Sam.  They could have extended the Cavendish in a different direction which would have been more sympathetic to the observatory.  It's almost certainly a deliberate ploy to get rid of observatory, scope and observer in one fell swoop.   :(
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« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2012, 09:31 »
Well I don't think that was the reasoning for the Cavendish but I bet someone was aware of that.
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Re: 40Mb HDD
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2012, 22:44 »
I thought that might have been the case - I'm sure the IoA people (I was in their sys admin office the otherday) must have tons of old kit - then again they might have cleaned.

Do you know a Simon Mentha at the IoA?  He's the guru trying to fix the spectrometer computer.  The department *has* found a disc and it's likely to be suitable enough for the task. 
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