HDDs (was Re: PowerUser external SCSI HD

From: Philip Pemberton <philpem_at_dsl.pipex.com>
Date: Thu Aug 22 16:57:01 2002

Don Maslin wrote:
> On Wed, 21 Aug 2002, Geoff Reed wrote:
>> Yup, wasn't that formed by some former Seagate techs?
> Apparently by the chap who was primarily responsible for the ST-225,
> but Jugi Tandon took him over. The site at
> www.redhill.net.au/d-a.html has an interesting presentation on a
> number of older drives - Kalok included.
Oh, yes. The Kalok Octagon. I hated those things. I lost access to a school
computer lab for an entire term due to the untimely failure of one of these
things fitted in an Acorn Archimedes A310. Here's the story:
I was peacefully sitting at the A310 during my lunch break, headphones
plugged in, playing Lemmings. Then it happened. The sound stopped. The
machine went glacial (highly unusual for an Acorn). I took off my headphones
and I heard this almighty SCREEEEEEECH, followed by "clunk-CLAK...
clunk-CLAAAAAK... clunk-whirr....". IT tech came through, asked for the
story. Her response? "These drives don't fail for nothing. You must have hit
the machine or something". The drive was duly pulled out and replaced. It
was only 8mnths old. Later that week I was told that I was not to touch any
computer in the school, period. That lasted for the rest of the term. I left
at the end of the term anyway. I almost went mad without my daily Lemmings
fix :-(
If there's one person/team I want to attack with a LART, it's the one who
designed the Kalok Octagon...

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