By Red-Sox-Rich Latest Reply 2014-03-07 13:38:56 -0600
Started 2014-03-05 09:05:06 -0600

Ok DC friends, my laptop died and I need a CHEAP Non-Chrome book Laptop. Looking for 500 GB 11-15" screen all at or under $325.00 !! ( I am borrowing a computer until I get a new one) If anyone has ideas or links please let me know ! Thanks RSR

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Red-Sox-Rich 2014-03-06 16:39:30 -0600 Report

Thanks for the great advice. When (not if) I have my next knee operation, I should have time to edit a bunch of pics and videos. I have filled up ext and usb drives already. I forgot all about Tiger Direct, thanks Nick.

Nick1962 2014-03-07 09:54:24 -0600 Report

We got a new PC just before my back surgery in May, so I had about 8 weeks to do nothing but transfer files. Specifically got a 1T hard drive because I run programs that generate huge files. Could not believe the crap we had saved over the years. Of about 250G, only 50G was “archive worthy” and there’s barely a dent in my 1T drive - thinking about renting out space on it.
Best of luck with the knee!

haoleboy 2014-03-07 11:01:18 -0600 Report

how times have changed … my 2nd computer was an IBM XT (must have been '85, maybe '86). Optional 20 MG hard drive (upgrade from the standard 10). 20 megs … think I may have raw image files that are just about that size.
Oh … never did fill that hard drive.

- Steve

Nick1962 2014-03-07 11:24:04 -0600 Report

No kidding. If you’d have told me back in ’80 I’d have my whole music collection on a removable chip the size of the fingernail nail on my pinky, I’d have asked you to pass whatever it was you were smoking.

haoleboy 2014-03-07 11:36:09 -0600 Report

from 8 track to mp3's ;)
I have pretty much replicated my 200+ vinyl album collection from the 60's and 70's digitally. currently 30G of mp3's

Nick1962 2014-03-07 12:11:03 -0600 Report

That’s about the size of my collection as well. With me though, the collection changes with time - something new comes in, something old goes out – so I stay right around 200. So in large part my progression to mp3 was natural. Amazing how you can hear just the smallest snip of a song somewhere, like it, and have it in seconds. Do miss thumbing through vinyl at the old record stores.

haoleboy 2014-03-07 12:54:21 -0600 Report

in my college days I allowed my self 3 new albums a month. loved going to "The Vinyl Doughnut" and flipping through the records and making the big decision.

Nick1962 2014-03-07 13:38:56 -0600 Report

For me it was “The Exclusive Company” http://www.exclusivecompany.com/index.html
Took my girlfriend (now ex-wife) on the one hour trip to the nearest store, even though we had plenty of Musicland’s and Sam Goody’s nearby. Bought my first CD there (Jean-Luc Ponty’s “Cosmic Messenger”) even though I had nothing to play it on yet. Ex wasn’t into music, so I’d have to spend a few hours in the nearby mall shopping with her, but they had a beer garden and Greek restaurant, so it ended all good.

Nick1962 2014-03-06 10:35:23 -0600 Report

A laptop with 500G hard might be tough to find even refurbed at that price.
I bought an Asus Windows 8 notebook for work from Tiger Direct http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Searc... that works pretty well for daily reports and stuff, but it’s not something you’ll game with.
Agree with haoleboy below. Probably a good idea to archive some of that stuff. I’ve been using dual-layer DVDs for some stuff, cloud for music and daily use stuff, and a drawer full of cheap USB’s for stuff I probably should get rid of.

haoleboy 2014-03-05 12:13:26 -0600 Report

first off why not a chrome book?

a little more $ but pretty 'sexy' http://goo.gl/4fmCjJ
this one is pretty sweet too http://goo.gl/qOqBa2
Lenovo has a great reputation for quality laptops http://goo.gl/0d8g6D

Red-Sox-Rich 2014-03-05 13:09:39 -0600 Report

Need a big hard drive for 100's+ videos of grand daughter and 1,000's of photos. Thanks haoleboy!

haoleboy 2014-03-05 13:16:21 -0600 Report

understand completely. I have a sizable collection of "digital assets" as well. my desktop has 2 - 1 TB drives.
good idea is to store those in an external drive. laptops and notebooks can get lost or damaged … just a thought.
for safety I have redundant copies on the desktop as well as copies on externals and the most important are in the cloud as well … I have family video from the 1940's and photo's from the early 1900's that cannot be replaced … somehow I have become the archivist for my family

Type1Lou 2014-03-05 11:01:13 -0600 Report

Do you have a tech-savvy friend? My husband has helped friends find lower cost computers on the internet. Because he retired from IT, he can take them apart and reformat them to meet user needs…unfortunately, we're no longer in New England.