What is this RK05 style pack?

From: Paul Koning <pkoning_at_equallogic.com>
Date: Wed Jan 5 08:45:00 2005

>>>>> "Ashley" == Ashley Carder <wacarder_at_usit.net> writes:

 Ashley> A couple months ago I acquired a new, still in the plastic
 Ashley> wrap, still in the box, never opened disk pack that at first
 Ashley> glance appeared to be an RK05. I finally decided to look
 Ashley> further at it to see if it was a 12 sector or 16 sector RK05
 Ashley> pack, since it had no identifying label or markings.

 Ashley> Upon further inspection, I found that it did not have the
 Ashley> usual rim on the hub, where normally you would be able to
 Ashley> count the thin notches to determine whether it was a 16
 Ashley> sector or 12 sector RK05. Instead, it has a short, rounded,
 Ashley> unnotched rim where normally it would have the tall thin rim
 Ashley> with notches. Otherwise it looks just like an RK05. The
 Ashley> case is interchangeable. I actually took it apart so I could
 Ashley> use the case on another RK05 pack that had a decent platter
 Ashley> but a bad outer case.

 Ashley> What is this thing? RK03?

I have no idea, but here's a far out thought... some IBM 360
mainframes (the 360 model 44 for example) have an RK05 style drive in
them. Reading the 360 model 44 functional description (on
bitsavers.org) suggests that probably isn't right -- that disk (Model
2315) is described as having 16 fixed size sectors. Hm, that would
mean an RK08 pack would fit???

Strange to have hard sectoring here, given that IBM 360 mass storage
normally used variable-size records on a track.

Received on Wed Jan 05 2005 - 08:45:00 GMT

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