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Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: Buzz
Date: February 14, 2011 07:42PM
Many have come and gone.
Time to rack your brain and pull out a blast from the past.

Some starters;

Microplolis
Conner (to Seagate)
DEC (to Quantum -> to Maxtor -> to Seagate)
Quantum (to Maxtor -> to Seagate)
Apple (briefly in early 1980's)
CDC (Control Data Corp, not Center for Disease Control... also to Seagate)
HP
IBM (now Hitachi)
NEC
JVC (cameras hooked to Macs, not sure about direct computer usage)
Fujitsu (to Toshiba)
TI (Texas Instruments)
Quantum (to Maxtor -> to Seagate)
Maxtor (to Seagate)
MiniScribe (to Maxtor -> to Seagate... I liked the name "MiniScribe" but thought drives were so-so)

Not sure if Syquest/Iomega were considered "real" manufacturers w/ removable hard drive products, but had them, too, along w/ the ones listed. I'm sure there are plenty of others, a few of which I probably also had in, or hooked up to, the various Macs here over the years.

Bring it on.



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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: Mr645
Date: February 14, 2011 07:55PM
I had Micropolis external drive. SCSI of course. I used it as a boot drives for all sorts of Macs.OS 6, 7.0. 7.1, 7.5, 7.6 etc. I worked part time at PC repair shop, handling any Mac issues. I think it as 20MB and a 5.25" double height drive. About 12 lbs.
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: GGD
Date: February 14, 2011 07:55PM
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Buzz
MiniScribe (to Maxtor -> to Seagate... I liked the name "MiniScribe" but thought drives were so-so)

MiniScribe is better remembered for shipping bricks than for shipping drives.

[www.nytimes.com]
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: sekker
Date: February 14, 2011 07:57PM
Quantum drives were fantastic. I'm not sure I had a faulty one.

I see you have it posted twice... or three times, if you count DEC!
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: February 14, 2011 07:59PM
Micropolis was also known as Micrapolis. I avoided them like the plague. The owner of Tekserve, who contributed regularly to the NYMUG BBS, commented once (IIRC) that they were "hot, fast, and tend to eat their young".

I really liked some of the Seagate and IBM SCSI drives. I still have some LVD Seagates in my 9600.
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: mattkime
Date: February 14, 2011 08:01PM




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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: GGD
Date: February 14, 2011 08:03PM
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sekker
Quantum drives were fantastic. I'm not sure I had a faulty one.

I see you have it posted twice... or three times, if you count DEC!

The 80MB Quantum drives had a very famous "stiction" problem.

[everything2.com]
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: Doc
Date: February 14, 2011 08:11PM
Quantum.

And after that, IBM.

Last year, I recycled a bunch of ancient low-capacity IDE drives. The Quantums were the only ones that still worked.

A couple of months back, I recycled a bunch of SCSI drives from the mid-to-late 1990s. I got a big box of them -- all nicely packed in foam and anti-static wraps -- to check for readable data, recover anything that I could find and then drill.

Only the Quantum and IBM drives would even mount.

Quantum was great in their heyday. Nobody makes drives with that kind of quality anymore. And current data-densities practically guaranty problems. We'll never see such reliability in a mechanical drive again.
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: MacArtist
Date: February 14, 2011 08:14PM
MiniScribe...there's a name I hadn't heard in a long time.

I was working at a convenience store in Longmont, CO in 1988-1989. I would see a lot of MiniScribe name badges coming through the door in the mornings and afternoons.

Shipping bricks instead of hard drives? Amazing.



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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: February 14, 2011 08:19PM
plp. Hard drives. I want TAPE ! 2400 feet of half inch high end magnetic tape by the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, running at a ginormous 125ips capable of holding an incredible 146 Megabytes of data. In a big clean cabinet with a vacuum pump sucking the tape through the takeup reel so you don't hate to thread it by hand. THAT was a Computer, baby !

Of course when they failed there was 2400 feet of tape all over the damn raised floor.
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: timg
Date: February 14, 2011 08:28PM
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GGD
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sekker
Quantum drives were fantastic. I'm not sure I had a faulty one.

I see you have it posted twice... or three times, if you count DEC!

The 80MB Quantum drives had a very famous "stiction" problem.

[everything2.com]

Wasn't just the 80MB drives that had that problem. I had a Mac SE with a 20MB Quantum in it that had that issue.

I still have the SE, but it has a different drive in it now.



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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: lost in space
Date: February 14, 2011 08:45PM
Apple! I had a reject Widget in my Lisa when I worked there. It had part of the spindle exposed, so when sticktion kept it from spinning up in the morning, I had to reach in with a pencil eraser and give it a spin to get it going. Like cranking a Model T, I guess.
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: testcase
Date: February 14, 2011 08:51PM
Fred Flintstone!




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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: tronnei
Date: February 14, 2011 08:52PM
I still have a Connor external SCSI drive, 320 MB. Works great.
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: February 14, 2011 08:58PM
La Cie, back when they were one of the best.



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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: GGD
Date: February 14, 2011 09:03PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
La Cie, back when they were one of the best.

They didn't manufacture the actual drive mechanisms. Just made external enclosures. Kind of like OWC's drives.
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 14, 2011 09:08PM
APS, the OWC of their day? long gone.

bought a 1 GIG external SCSI with a Micrapolis internal for $999. 50 pin SCSI.

actually replaced the internal with something else -- but cant remember.



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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: JoeH
Date: February 14, 2011 09:20PM
For size, an IBM 3380 drive (DASD) was my favorite back in the early computer operator days. To go along with cbelt3, we also had their 3420 tape drives, and those were faster that 125 ips. Had it fail once where it dropped the vacuum in the columns, snapped the tape in two before it stopped.

The CDC drives were "interesting", had some around too. They also got sold rebadged with other brands as well. My ex-boss started out as a CDC field service tech.

I still have some operatable Quantum and DEC SCSI drives, they used to be preferable to Seagate Have some old Seagate drives as well, nothing quite like a full-height 5.25" 23 GB drive spinning up on your desk.
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: February 14, 2011 09:31PM
I've had maybe a half dozen drives from that list, way back when. I definitely remember getting a Quantum Bigfoot 5.25 (remember those?) that was 10MB. I found an external case for it (or maybe it came in an external case? Too long ago) and remember the behemoth sitting on my desk looking H-U-G-E! Never had a problem with it, unlike so many of the others.



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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: February 14, 2011 09:31PM
I used to buy Quantum Fireball HDs from APS. They died in the clone war discontinuation.
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: Buzz
Date: February 14, 2011 09:39PM
Somebody gave us a bunch of old stuff that included a four bay CD enclosure that was full of 1X or 2X drives. Also in the mix were some 5.25" full height hard drives, w/ the largest being either 512MB or 1GB, I don't recall. Well, just for the fun of it, I installed two of the monster sized HD's into the heavy duty CD case that I gutted. The CD case's bay were divided into a 2X2 configuration, as it was designed to accommodate the dual monsters I ended up installing. With the CD's gone, it needed new faceplates, so I made some fancy wood ones. It was a project; not intended for real use... the drives were big and S_L_O_W, but they worked as as 1 or 2GB drive. Project was success, so gave it away. Drives were heavy, case was heavier. Combined = boat anchor. Oh, and when we ordered some other computer stuff that the vendor got the order wrong; we sent the four CD drives back w/ the wrong order... and they ended up sending them back w/ a note saying they didn't carry that model, so we must have made a mistake packing them up; they had a better sense of humor than expected.



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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: btfc
Date: February 14, 2011 09:40PM
I had a 20 meg Hyperdrive in a Mac Plus.
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: Doc
Date: February 14, 2011 09:47PM
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GGD
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N-OS X-tasy!
La Cie, back when they were one of the best.

They didn't manufacture the actual drive mechanisms. Just made external enclosures. Kind of like OWC's drives.

They were purchased by a Quantum subsidiary and became almost synonymous with Quantum hard drives in the early 1990s.
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: February 14, 2011 10:18PM
I had a Jasmine 40.
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: February 14, 2011 10:31PM
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GGD
Quote
N-OS X-tasy!
La Cie, back when they were one of the best.

They didn't manufacture the actual drive mechanisms. Just made external enclosures. Kind of like OWC's drives.

Still, they were known for having some of the best drives on the market.

And I believe the request was to name your favorite hard drive manufacturer, not favorite hard drive mechanism manufacturer.



It is what it is.
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: GGD
Date: February 14, 2011 10:52PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
Quote
GGD
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N-OS X-tasy!
La Cie, back when they were one of the best.

They didn't manufacture the actual drive mechanisms. Just made external enclosures. Kind of like OWC's drives.

Still, they were known for having some of the best drives on the market.

And I believe the request was to name your favorite hard drive manufacturer, not favorite hard drive mechanism manufacturer.

Well than I guess that make me my favorite hard drive manufacturer, I would buy external cases and bare drives and assemble them myself.
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: Uncle Wig
Date: February 14, 2011 11:19PM
Westinghouse.



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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: vision63
Date: February 14, 2011 11:32PM
Ehman 60 megabyte for my Mac Plus. Cost $600 something dollars. I didn't know what to do with all of that cavernous space.
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: M>B>
Date: February 14, 2011 11:58PM
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: Speedy
Date: February 15, 2011 03:54AM
Rodime 10 MB. More space than I could ever possibly use.



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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: February 15, 2011 06:04AM
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Mike Johnson
I had a Jasmine 40.


I had the Jasmine 20, zero footprint. $600.00 at the time and it was the least expensive . . . old fogey smiley



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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: February 15, 2011 06:39AM
I had a Micropolis cinderblock drive back in the mid-90's I picked up from the back of Computer Shopper. I about freaked when it arrived; I definitely was not expecting anything that physically large... but a cheap SCSI case later, I was in business. At 3GB, I thought I'd never need another one.

Ho, ho, ho.

Damn thing was bulletproof, though.
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Re: Annual Test: Name your favorite old school hard drive manufacturer.
Posted by: yeoman
Date: February 15, 2011 08:01AM
Here's an extensive list of defunct manufacturers:

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I was a sales rep for Control Data in 1968 when a 1.3MB drive, the size of a dish washer, sold to OEMs for $10,000.



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