Syquest/Iomega removable cartridge drive interfaces of early 80's

gordonjcp at gordonjcp at
Tue Feb 12 05:05:47 CST 2008

On Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 12:34:15AM -0500, Dave McGuire wrote:
>   I've only ever seen Syquest drives in the 5.25" form factor.  The  
> 8" disks you're remembering were probably Bernoulli cartridges.
>   Those are surprisingly reliable.  I used to store quite a bit of  
> data on a large number of 10MB and 20MB 8" Bernoulli cartridges, then  
> I wound up using lots and lots of 44MB 5.25" ones (which were  
> definitely SCSI on Amphenol connectors) at work.  This would've been  
> around 1991-1992.  Those were really nice drives.

Syquest carts were incredibly common in the 80s and early 90s for
storing sounds from samplers.  They were fairly quick and tough enough
to survive being gigged.

Pretty much every Emax and Emax II I've ever seen has had a Syquest disk


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