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From: t byfield
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2000 21:42:37 -0400
> I finally found a drive in a sort of low-rent computer bazaar; a
> high tech version of the place Scrooge's cleaning lady sold his
> bed curtains to. Just the place to go to get Word for DOS, or
> Norton Utilities for the Amiga. Amidst racks of Adult CD-ROMs, a
> shelf of refurbed 486 machines, and baskets of laser pointer
> keychains was a box of 5.25" drives -- naked, used, pulled from
> equipment. "It's gonna be hard to find those soon." said the clerk,
> who gave me a generous 4 day warranty.

i hope the place you found was Weird Stuff in sunnyvale, a sort of necronautical shangri-la: an immense warehouse org- anized more or less by the probability than any device will still function. iirc, they ship orders of $300+, which can buy enough stuff that the shipping charges might prove to be a problem. their site doesn't quite capture the ghoulish delights to be found there, but it's handy:

cheers, t

From: AK
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2000 07:53:05 -0400

Irritating note. I saw a whole stack of 5.25 inch drives in Amsterdam in June about $5 each at local rates. Obviously someone had done a clearance job on a long established hardware store.