Whats the screwiest thing you collect?

From: Richard Erlacher <edick_at_idcomm.com>
Date: Sat Nov 27 13:43:50 1999

IMHO, it makes little sense to retain media for washing-machine-sized disk
drives if you don't retain the drives and maintain them in order to retain
the value of the media. Hindsight is always 20/20, but wouldn't it make
sense to archive data/software on an archival medium, likely, we hope, to
remain useable over time, rather than to store it on what's intended for
on-line storage, and is likely to become obsolete within a couple of years
of when it was developed?

The reason these gargantuan drives are no longer around is because it was
costly and laborious to maintain them in useable condition, with a routine
failure frequency of more than one per week. If you're ever able to recover
your data, you can probably store all the software that ever existed for
that system on a single 8mm cartridge which will fit in your shirt pocket.

-----Original Message-----
From: Al Kossow <aek_at_spies.com>
To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Date: Saturday, November 27, 1999 12:26 PM
Subject: Re: Whats the screwiest thing you collect?

>> Something I've been wondering about. These boards look to have been used
>> to convert ESDI to SCSI for stuff like Apollo's and Sun's. Could they be
>> used to convert a SCSI drive to work on an ESDI controller?
>This is actually a subset of a much more interesting general problem, using
>modern storage devices as substitutes for older ones. This is a serious
>for systems that use 'washing machine' disc drives (pre-SMDs, like Trident
>Memorex interfaces) where, unless you were REALLY careful, you'd end up
>a big pile of crashed heads and aluminum dust the first time you spun up a
>disc drive that has been sitting in some warehouse for 20+ years.
>I have several dozen 80 and 300 meg disc packs that I've had for over 10
>now that I'm scared to put into a drive, for fear of losing everything
>on them...
>The past month or so, I started calling all the old 'data recovery' places,
>even THEY threw out the equipment to fly a head over these old packs..
Received on Sat Nov 27 1999 - 13:43:50 GMT

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