So now that I have my mail and web moved to Linode, I have two spare servers here. The old IBM desktop that was my external server, has a dead hard disk. I pulled the hard disk out and tested it, and it is stone dead. It originally came out of a Lacie BigDisk, and both disks were still useful when the Lacie died, so I used them in all sorts of places. I found the companion hard disk to it, and installed that in the IBM. That will bring this desktop back to life. It's had good longevity. I bought it used from Ken about 6 or 7 years ago. It was a couple of years old by then, so it's about 8 years old, still powerful enough to drive a mail and webserver. The only thing broken in it was the hard disk. Come to think of it, I've had a good run with those hard disks. I bought that Lacie BigDisk about 2002. I got a couple of good years out it before it just died. I got another 8 years out of the hard disk. I have noticed that my hard disks are having very long life. I haven't had one fail in a very long time. This recent failure, I suppose having a ten year old disk fail is not surprising.
Now, I also have spare the good Dell Poweredge SC 430 server. It's from 2006. It's not a rackmount server. It looks like a big desktop. I am going to try and use it as a desktop. There are some limitations. It's got two 750 gig hard disks in it. It's only got 1 gig RAM. No sound card. Only a crappy monitor-style VGA built in video card. I could max the RAM to 4 gig if I could find PC2 4200E modules that didn't cost excessive amounts. I added a Soundblaster Audigy card, old but still sounds good. I have a spare video card of more modern vintage, but I will have to check to see if it fits. I suspect it may not. I might need to look for older video cards. I have a few of them hanging around, I might have something useful. If I can build it up enough, I'll use it as my desktop at work. If not, I'll find some use for it.
I chose both these servers because of how quiet they are. All my computer gear is whisper quiet. However, when I turned them both off and pulled them out, I did notice a small diminishing of noise. I was surprised.