Find of the day

From: Zane H. Healy <>
Date: Wed Sep 15 21:03:06 1999

>On Wed, 15 Sep 1999, wrote:
>>Which if the drives that Dave mentioned is considered reliable?
>>(repeated below)
>> RD50 5mb Seagate ST506
>> RD51 10mb Seagate ST412
>> RD52 35mb Quantum Q540
>> RD53 71mb Micropolis 1325
>> RD54 159mb Maxtor XT-2190
>> RD31 21mb Seagate ST225
>> RD32 42mb Seagate ST251
> I'd say the RD52 is probably the *most* reliable, but it's pretty small. I
>use them a lot on PDP11 systems where OSs tend to be much more compact. I've
>had reasonably good luck with RD54s, though they're a bit harder to find.
>You'll be able to find one of those if you hunt around a bit.
> -Dave McGuire

Actually if going with MFM drives probably the best thing you can do is to
get a VAXstation 2000 (aka Hard Drive Formatter), and hunt up Quantum
Q540's and Maxtor XT-2190's at your local junk dealers, swap meets and

I still cringe when I think of the one local scrapper telling me he'd
scrapped and ENTIRE crate of UNUSED RD54's :^(

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