5.25" drive identification

From: Tony Duell <ard_at_p850ug1.demon.co.uk>
Date: Thu Apr 17 20:20:00 2003

> I have been told (by an IT professional, take that for what it's worth)

I think I'd better not post my views of the technical knowledge (or lack
of it) of such people to a public forum...

> that 5.25" 360K drives have the latch handle on the left side of the
> drive, and the 1.2M drives have it on the right side. All the drives
> I have in view right now, this is true.

Can I assume the set of drives you are looking at is non-empty? :-)

The PC I am typing this on has an original IBM 1.2M drive. The handle is
offset towards the left side...

> Anybody have a notion of whether this is absolutely true in fact?

It most certainly is not true. In many cases the 1.2M and 360K drives
were built on the same chassis, and therefore had the handle on the same

Received on Thu Apr 17 2003 - 20:20:00 BST

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