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Gertting rid of old tech - am I unlikely to ever need any of this again?

1,553 299 January 4, 2018 at 08:29 PM
So I've dabbled with computers, building my own etc for a number of years. My last build just died after about 7 years, and I decided to just go buy a prebuilt tower this time around. I may build something again in the future, but I'm looking at my old drawer full of cables, connectors, etc. and trying to decide what I should just throw away as "never will need it." I just figured I'd toss it out there to make sure I'm not missing anything like "oh hang on to those in case you..."

Here's kind of my rundown:
IDE cables/connectors/converters - I used all sata in my last build, I think IDE is gonzo, am I right? I have one external ide to usb cable/power adapter kit I'll hang on to in case I need to grab data from an old drive.

USB cables - throw away anythin that I can't confirm will handle at least usb 2.0? Is there really a difference? I only know I have a few cables witht he "usb hi-speed" tag on them. Are older cables gonna be slow?

crossover cables?

kvm switches? I pretty much use teamveiwer on my PCs, not sure I'd ever rig up a kvm, especially with the old ps2 connectors. For that matter...

any equipment with ps2 connection?

Sorry if these sound like dumb questions, I've just been out of the game for a while and want to make sure I'm not throwing that might have value. For the most part I've see better versions of all the above so I'm not sure I'd have a use for this older stuff if I built anything with any kind of performance expectations.

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I started getting rid of old stuffs too - threw out some SCSI connectors, and yes I can't see a use for a PS2 keyboard/mouse/VGA KVM either which I had from previously so those got tossed out. I still have some IDE cables but I think they're next on the list to get thrown out - its all SATA now. I threw out an Iomega ZIP internal drive cause its IDE along with various disks for it - isn't it like 100MB? And a USB stick is like so much more now. LOL.
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Can't believe people throw away old hardware tech.
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Can't believe people throw away old hardware tech.
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I would do whatever works for you Smilie
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PS2 stuff can come in handy when usb ports are not working due to a fluke so I would actually hang onto a keyboard at least. At work I have a small keyboard with the a trackball built in have used it a couple of time and the keyboard I have at home is an old Gateway and I have used it before.
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PS2 stuff can come in handy when usb ports are not working due to a fluke so I would actually hang onto a keyboard at least. At work I have a small keyboard with the a trackball built in have used it a couple of time and the keyboard I have at home is an old Gateway and I have used it before.
Just had this issue...Glad I kept a PS2 keyboard
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I would toss everything except for the crossover cable.
there is no need for a crossover cable in 2018...
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Finally did the same thing a few days ago. threw out about 80 lbs of stuff. Must have had 20 Parallel cables. Kept PS2 keyboard and USB and PS2 mouse to help people when USB goes out on any of my stuff or friends that need help. Next up is old laptops and a few desktops that I have held onto for way to long. Some of all the stuff could be sold but not worth the hassle. Still got a lot of old memory and IDE hard drives to sort through.
I have a full size dresser in my home office closet and and emptied 3 of 5 drawers worth of stuff.
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there is no need for a crossover cable in 2018...
If you want the ability to interface legacy devices without putting it on a network... You can still purchase plenty of devices with base 10/100 Nics.
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If one takes a realistic look at computer tech, you can pretty much toss a lot of things including:

1. Anything IDE based. The drives, the motherboards, the PCs,...all obsolete junk.
2. SCSI cables.
3. Parallel cables. Yes you can still find stuff that might use it, but really, why would you bother?
4. Anything with a serial interface unless you work in an electronics lab.
5. Floppy and CD disks and drives of all types. Yes you might find some old car CD player that you might want to burn a disk for, but outside of that there is no reason to keep such stuff.
6. PS2 based mice and keyboards. Yes there is the odd chance all your USB ports get fried or go bonkers, but the odds of that are almost nil.
7. Crossover cables...have not used one in over 20 years...maybe someone has some odd use for it in a lab, but I can't imagine.
8. 10 or 100 mbit network switches. I mean really, even if you can use it for a printer, why would you bother using that old junk and slow down other stuff potentially when a new 1 gbit switch can be had for under $15 dollars?
9. Dialup modems of any type.
10. Old hard drives under 250 GB in size (why bother)? Outside of worrying about how to safely wipe them, there is no practical reason to keep them now imo.
11. Any router less than n speed.
12. Any IP camera less than 720p. And soon anything less than full HD.
13. Any laptop or PC that can not run Windows 7.
14. Any laptop or PC that can not run Windows 7 comfortably (it is not like spending on an SSD for some old Pentium based junk is worth the investment imo).
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I maintain something of an ark for old tech which includes things like a usb floppy drive, a zip drive, old ram, and old cables and adapters. As for IDE, I'd keep a drive enclosure or USB to IDE adapter or two around. I also maintain a collection of old software. I don't keep 80# of old cables around or anything. I even have an old VCR, but it needs some repair. Keeping some of this around has saved me some big headaches over the years.
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I maintain something of an ark for old tech which includes things like a usb floppy drive, a zip drive, old ram, and old cables and adapters. As for IDE, I'd keep a drive enclosure or USB to IDE adapter or two around. I also maintain a collection of old software. I don't keep 80# of old cables around or anything. I even have an old VCR, but it needs some repair. Keeping some of this around has saved me some big headaches over the years.

I keep a combo DVD player with a built in burner and VCR around just because you never know when you or someone else needs or wants to transfer some old video like a wedding video or video of the kids or what not. Cheaper than going to some professional to transfer it. That said, have not used it in many years.
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I'm in the same boat. Several tubs of various cables, etc.

As for CD drives etc..... I keep USB CD/DVD and 3.5" floppy drives just in case. in fact, I just had to use the external DVD drive yesterday. The floppy, not so much.

We also have a VCR/DVD recorder. DW is a teacher and always has all sorts of media she needs to digitize, because while the school has gotten rid of VCR's and DVD players (all digital now), they neglected to consider converting the mass of resources they have to digital files before doing so laugh out loud
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Thanks for the help guys!

Even as I throw this stuff away, I still get some lizard-brain reaction like I'm gonna be in some post-apocalyptic scenario where my village's survival hinges on me rigging up something with those IDE devices!

I only ever had one use case for crossover and it was to connect two original xboxes in the same house for faux xbox live gameplay. I guess I can always make one if I ever need one. Plus I'm hanging on to an old non-GbE switch that I just replaced so I'll have that to help me connect devices directly if I ever need to.

But I'm still listening if you've got a good use case for me, juicemane_ Peace
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