Yeah, so, this is going to date me a little. So, I
started building machines way back, because, well I couldn't afford a pre-built
IBM PC, but I could afford a copy of ComputerShopper and an XT Clone. (Okay, I know I
lost most of you there.) I had just finished building my XT Clone and had put in a used 5MB full height drive a friend had got for cheap (he owned a computer store selling unbranded IBM clones) So, one day I am on a BBS and there is a message that
some guy has a handful of "like-new" Seagate ST-225 20MB hard drives for sale for
$150 each, some company is upgrading their machines and sold these machines as
used and the guy is parting them out.
Cool. Now, understand at the time
20MB drives are selling new for upwards of $800 each so, I'll take
TWO! Yeah, that was 3 car payments, and drained my account but heck, I couldn't pass it up. So, they were AWESOME! Two half-height 20mb drives in my computer, yes my friends were jealous! That is until about two
months later when there is a knock at the door.
A nice man with an FBI badge and another from AFOSI (Air Force) informed
me that they were looking to recover stolen hard drives from Hanscom Air Force
base. Turns out the drives had been
brand new, multiple CASES of drives had gone missing, they caught the guy, got
my name from the BBS. Anyway, they didn’t charge me with anything, but they did
take their drives and gave me a stern warning about “too good to be true deals”
and after like 2 days of searching through my entire life and everything I
owned looking for anything else and wanting to know if I knew anyone else who had bought the drives, they finally left me alone, poorer, but in peace. Yeah, so, a year or so later I finally did get a bigger hard drive for my machine, but, that was my build from hell.
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