working magnetic drum stores?

From: Vintage Computer Festival <>
Date: Thu Mar 25 19:42:43 2004

On Thu, 25 Mar 2004, Jules Richardson wrote:

> Just out of curiousity, does anyone still have a working drum storage
> device? wondering if any working examples have survived...

I've got a fixed head disk drive...kinda sorta like a drum except it's a
disk. There are plenty of drum storage drives in the museums, and
probably at least a few in private hands.

> I have a half-assed plan to try and find one from somewhere at some
> point. We have a Sperry unit that's way beyond repair, and don't have
> anything other than the drum assembly itself anyway (the bearings still
> seem good though so I might see if it can be coaxed into spinning) - but
> a working demonstration would be great hooked up to one of the 1960's
> machines.

You can try making one by experimenting with paper rolls and cassette
tapes and heads.

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