hyoenmadan wrote on 2021-10-14, 13:27:
BitWrangler wrote on 2021-10-14, 12:43:
I remember seeing them, I remember the price remaining eyewatering... I believe it was cheaper to get removable HDD cases and swap HDDs in and out.
Maybe today, but back then wasn't. Specially for mobile usage, as this one was targeted to, and yes, even with the prices for this sort of things. People tends to forget how costly HDDs were not many years ago.
Nope, you're thinking 1995, which is why it was released too late, by 1997 storage prices really began to slide, you could have a 1 gig for $100, and 4GB for $150 by late in the year, meanwhile the Shark cost $250 for the drive, and $99 for a three pack of media. There's not really a lot to a removable drive bay and you could find those for $20 even back then, I know, I bought one around then. So if you wanted 3 backups, old, new and offsite, you could buy 3 1GB drives, I mean you could get 540s for 80 odd bucks if you were being that tight on a per unit basis, or stretch to 4GB if you want more capacity per dollar, anyway, you'd get $30 change vs the Shark and carts, even then you could expand your pool $100 per 1GB buying HDD or $99 per 750Mb buying Shark carts, or for price of 2 packs of Sharks, get an 8GB by then. Meanwhile CD writers had just crossed south of a Shark drive price and media was dropping below a buck fifty for approx the same capacity as sharks gave you for $99. Maybe you rewrote data a lot, daily maybe, and wanted a weeks worth of backups, well the year and a half it took Shark to fail in the market is almost as long as the payback time vs using one time CDRs, and now your source of media for future expansion, and guarantee of having a working drive to read the data you got is kaput, yup, huge bargain.
2017: Basement full of ancient PC stuff, starting to go through it. 2021: Still starting, heh, many setbacks. So what's this BitWrangler guy's deal ??? >>> Taming the pile, specs to target?