Pinnacle Micro Apex drives
cclist at sydex.com
Fri Jan 27 11:31:55 CST 2006
These are the 4.6 GB magneto-optical drives marketed about 10 years ago by
the now-defunct Pinnacle. We had a few of them and every single one of
them went bad (laser head) in less than a year. Repair costs were
significant and there was a big backlog.
I note that one can still find a few of these on ePay in one of two
conditions; (a) powers up and otherwise unknown and (b) good tested,
warranteed working. The (a) type usually can be had for less than $20 and
the (b) type for $400+.
Here's my question. I have a few old Apex MO cartridges that I'd like to
read, but my curiosity doesn't extend far enough to spend $400-800 to
satisfy. Has anyone had any favorable experience with the (a) type drives
or are they all pretty much non-functional? I'm just trying to determine
if it's worth the trouble.
On a related subject, are there any other drives that will read the Apex
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