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    Ken Kashmarek
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    Just for the fun of it, an old 1980's era hard drive

    While getting ready to recycle some ancient technology, I pulled this out of of an old external drive housing:

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    It is a Quantum 40 megabyte (yeah, you read that right...megabyte) hard drive, 5 1/4 inch full height SCSI, and weighs a ton. The power supply for this beast is just as long and half the width. Circa 1987. It still works but the formatting is unusable by any modern computer (Apple IIgs OS 6).

    You can read about it on Wikipedia (use Google search for Apple SC40 hard drive).

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    I have an old 8.4 Gb HD someplace in a closet. At some point in time I will be taking the old Micron PC it's in for scrap as well. I believe that 1 started with Win 95 and worked well until I upgraded to XP. Ahhh, brings back fond nightmares!
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    I thought I was big stuff when I had a 20 mb hard drive in my original IBM-PC (B). Thing was, if I was careful, I never ran out of space.

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    Times certainly do change don't they.
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    Pulled the cover off an old non functioning hard drive to expose the platters and the R/W heads so I could show people how they worked. You can get clocks made out of old hard drives.
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    Very nice! Looks nice Jerry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    Pulled the cover off an old non functioning hard drive to expose the platters and the R/W heads so I could show people how they worked. You can get clocks made out of old hard drives.

    Jerry
    ..an analog clock, of course!

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    Cool! I take the magnets out of these and either let the grand kids play with them or use them in projects. Be careful with them they are strong.
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    Too bad you couldn't get the drive head arm to sound a gong every hour!

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    Remember that old hard drive that started out this thread. By comparison, here two other drives along with that one:

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    Lower left is a full height 3 1/2 inch 20 megabyte drive (circa 1990), and a more modern half height 3 1/2 inch 2 gigabyte drive (circa 1996). Of course, 1 terabyte 2 /12 inch drives in laptops make this just plain weird.

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    Gotta love this one!

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    Wow. You can say that again.

    My first hard drive was a 5 megabyte Apple Profile. Mine cost $1100. A friend put one on an Apple III when they first came out and his cost $3500.

    My 2nd hard drive was a 10 megabyte Apple Profile (cost also $1100).

    Then I moved to a 20 megabyte Apple SC20, followed by a 40 megabyte Apple SC40, each of which was under $600.

    Finally, I got to a 3rd party supplier, with an early 100 megabyte external unit costing $350.

    Since then, my total invironment with Windows computers is above 2.5 terabytes.

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    Ken Kashmarek
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    Rounding out my recycling project, I have now gone through three 9.1 gig SCSI drives from an old PowerMac 7600. None work, even one that was never used but sat in the protective envelope for the last 5 years. Recycle.

    Add to that some old IDE hard drives taken from a ZEOS desktop (1 gig and 2 gig with Win95 installed), and a 350 meg IDE drive from an Apple Centris 630 (one of the first Apple computers to switch from SCSI to IDE). This drive can still be read and all my old stuff is still on it.

    Throughout all of this, I ended up with a failed 13 gig hard drive in my Micron Millennia that had a bare bones copy of XP. I finally trashed to original install (from 13 years ago) of NT4 on the other 13 gig drive and rebuilt the bare bones XP system to continue running this machine as a dual boot configuration (it once had NT4, 98SE, Win2000 and WinXP running across 3 drives with multiple partition per drive). The 3rd drive was once 30 gig but eventually replaced by an 80 gig drive. These very old machines have some issue on IDE with running disk drives that are TOO big.

    Overall, I am dumping 9 old disk drives with a couple left to go.

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