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Imaging/OCR SW/HW

My sister is wanting to setup a system to scan in documents, bills, etc. and store them so she can get rid of the paper in her life.

She has a netbook and it is is WinXP. I'm thinking along the lines of an external hard drive, (preferably) a laser printer. My questions are on the scanner and the OCR/Imaging SW.
User generated imageThe scanner needs to be fairly durable and preferably a sheet feeder for speed. I'd like a suggestion for a combo of speed and price on the scanner.

The other half of the equation is the imaging/OCR SW.  I prefer to have something that is not proprietary (i.e. the information is saved in standard formats (jpg, pdf, tif, etc.)) but can catalog the output. Again a balance point between cost and ease of use.

I know what I can do for myself, but I worked with all this stuff professionally. I'm looking for a medium to low level setup for a relatively common/casual user.

My sister is not a total computer novice, but definitely would be the asker not the expert here. ;-)
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I went with  a Brother Printer MFC7860DW, a D-Link DUB-H7 USB hub, and a Seagate 500 GB external.

Thank you all for your advice.
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Since this was an opinion Q, I'm awarding all posters.