SMD disk drive

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Thu Apr 3 09:21:00 2003

--- Jim Donoghue <> wrote:
> I'm looking for an 8" SMD disk drive. The only ones I've seen were made
> by NEC - and I can't seem to find any. What other companies made these
> kind of drives?

Fujitsu made lots of SMD drives. I have several. They are not so small.
I have 14" and 10" units, ranging from 160MB to 400MB.

Coming from the DEC world, when SMD was in fashion there, 8" drives were
not, especially since the racks would hold 14" drives. If you were
going to spend the $$$, you might as well get some capacity for the

There are also some higher-capacity 5.25" SMD drives, but IIRC, they
use a different clock frequency and are not always compatible with
older controllers. I remember a 600MB model selling for $600 in a
day when PeeCee storage was several times that (like $5-$10/meg). The
sellers were careful to warn people that these would *not* plug into
an ISA machine without an expensive and rare controller. I did not
buy one. :-)

Received on Thu Apr 03 2003 - 09:21:00 BST

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