vintage 3.5" disk drives

From: Fred Cisin <>
Date: Mon Oct 27 20:05:26 2003

On Mon, 27 Oct 2003, Curt vendel wrote:
> Did Seagate and/or Shugart get into making 3.5" floppy disk drives around
> 83/84??? Anyone have pics of very early 3.5" disk drives?

D'ya mean, as in prototypes?

The first Shugart production 3.5" drive was the SA300.
ONE of the early users was Gavilan, who put their own bezel on it.
Previously, Gavilan had used a 3" drive.

The Shugart SA350 was double sided. (It could be used in a Gavilan, using
MS-DOS 2.11 J or above, and the Gavilan faceplate would fit)

Seagate did not make floppies.

Alan Shugart started Shugart Associates, and developed floppy drives.
He sold Shugart Associates (to Xerox?), and then started working on
hard drives, with a new company, Shugart Technology. ST506, ST412,
etc. Xerox, who had purchased Shugart Associates, considered that
to be trademark infringement, since they now owned the name Shugart
(MORAL: don't name your company after yourself, or selling it loses
you your own name!) He changed the company name to Seagate.
Received on Mon Oct 27 2003 - 20:05:26 GMT

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