Looking for a place to get small(-ish) SCSI drives

From: Scott Stevens <chenmel_at_earthlink.net>
Date: Sun Dec 5 10:10:44 2004

On Sun, 5 Dec 2004 01:39:21 -0800, you wrote:

>I fool around with a lot of systems that want small (by today's
>standards) 50-pin SCSI drives. A few years ago you couldn't walk
>around the streets of Palo Alto without tripping over big stacks of
>500MB drives. These days, though, the stacks are made out of 9GB SCA
>drives -- far too large for my needs, and often far too large to be
>recognized by the computers I fool around with. But drives smaller
>than that are suddenly "rare" and "expensive", $30 or $40 for any
>SCSI drive under 9GB at a lot of resellers I've visited lately.
>Anyone know where those stacks went? Are small drives just impossible
>to come by for less than $30 now?

I still find a lot of smallish 50-pin SCSI drives in old educational
Macintoshes. And there are quite a number of them still in the
process of being retired, it seems. The late 'all in one' 68K macs,
meaning from the 'LC' line, generally had a 250 or 500 MB 50 pin drive
in them. Usually when I see them at auction they can be purchased for
$1-5 for as many as there happen to be at said auction. Also a good
source for Apple SCSI CDROM drives. These Macs are plentiful still at
school surplus auctions, and one or two is all you need if you collect
them. (I remember when we were all saying that about the IBM XT, of
course- try to find a good IBM XT anywhere these days.)

Received on Sun Dec 05 2004 - 10:10:44 GMT

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