SCSI on the small and cheap
ajp166 at verizon.net
Tue Dec 7 16:49:37 CST 2010
>> The fact that I was grabbing ST5xx drive and ST2xx drives when they were
>> almost junk
>> for free has paid over time as I have a store of drives to avoid this
>> level of pain.
> I am not all convinced that an unused hard drive will 'keep' for ever...
I'm not saying they will but, I do have a bunch of ST506s that are near
28 years old and still work when I use them.
That and with a bunch of them it's likely that a failed drive could be not
a HDA but the electronics so with a few mix and match or outright repair
having a usable drive 5, 10 or more years from now is likely.
I also store them at temperatures I personally prefer to dwell at so
and cold are allowed to be a factor. I've seen enough hardware that had
allowed to bake in summer heat (over 90f) and winter cold (below 0F) with
significant swings in humidity and it tends to degrade much faster. Also
anti-ESD Packaging is advised as that can kill boards.
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