Unknown_K wrote on 2019-12-31, 04:49:
I must be the only one alive who still uses real HDs.
Connor, Maxtor, and WD are what I use in the 1-10GB range, probably the same under that size and including Seagate if I am using SCSI. Also Micropolis for SCSI over 1GB (mostly in A/V systems).
Nah, I'm still keeping some old HDDs, too.
However, I rarely use them. Except for that slightly buggy MFM drive in my PC/XT clone, for example.
For some reasons, it sometime won't spin-up correctly (can't locate its own position).
In that rare case, I switch the PSU OFF-ON quickly when it's about to seek.
Most of the time, this brings the old fixed disk "back on track" (pun intended). 😀
Of course, that's not very elegant. PSUs don't like that.
Anyway, I'm very happy with CF cards and XTIDE Universal BIOS in my 286/386 PCs. 😀
A few Conner drives that I still have got are reserved for future use as "props" in PC cases.
Simply for the sake of authencity and as a memento of how a PC used to look inside.
Of course, they could/can also be put in service from time to time.
Maybe as a secondary data drive for MIDI and MOD files, etc.
Or anything else that does involve linear reads (less stressing to the HDD mechanics). 😀
I like both CF cards and old Fixed Disks. It's just that CF cards are so much more versatile and easy to handle nowadays.
Also, they don't cause that high-pitched noise of modern HDDs (similiar to the sound of humming coils etc). 🙁
- Don't get me wrong, I used to love that thick-thick, brrrr-tt soundn i the 286-486 days.
In fact, i was so used to it that I could "hear" which part of program was loaded during boot-up (and afterwards sometimes, too). 😁
But unfortunately, over the years, I began getting more and more headache of it, if I was listening to it over a longer period of time.
That was the main reason why I switched to SSDs on my real PCs. If it wasn't for the sound, I would have had gotten myself a #
RAID setup with quick HDDs instead.
chinny22 wrote on 2019-12-31, 11:07:
IDE drives are going to old in general and at such small capacity these are easily pushing 20 years. so would go with whatever i […]
IDE drives are going to old in general and at such small capacity these are easily pushing 20 years. so would go with whatever is available. Ex Xbox HDD's will probably have had an easy life and relatively new.
This is my list of drives under 10GB going from that Seagate seems pretty good but that may simply be due to being the most common of OEM PC's of the era where most of the drives will have been pulled from.
WD80EB-28CGH1 (8GB) Old Xbox drive
I remember reading a posting (at Vogons ?) about old Xboxes and their HDDs.
Apparently, in some country (Brazil ?), the original Xboxes were sought after because of their HDDs (for use in XP rigs for daily use). 😀
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