Miniscribe "bricks" (was Re: Common Maxtor MFM drive failure mode -- any ideas?)
t.gardner at computer.org
Sat Oct 24 15:36:12 CDT 2015
The MiniScribe brick story is told at:
The apocryphal tale is that when the Maxtor President visited his then
recently acquired MiniScribe facilities he was shown buildings 1,2, 3, and
5. When asked what happened to building 4 he was told, "we shipped it brick
From: Noel Chiappa [mailto:jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu]
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Subject: Re: Miniscribe "bricks" (was Re: Common Maxtor MFM drive failure
mode -- any ideas?)
> From: Pierre Gebhardt
> Haha, I guess you're alluding to the massive scam with the bricks,
> Miniscribe did back them to pretend stocks full of disk drives...
Never heard the story. Can someone oblige?
> BTW, are there any other similar stories from the disk drive buisiness
> back in these days?
I don't know about disk drives, but there are lot of scam stories. One
minicomputer manufacturer (sorry, don't remember who, but I think it was on
the 128 belt) was shipping empty cabinets, in order to meet projections (I
dunno if they couldn't afford the parts to build the guts, or if their
manufacturing division couldn't build the stuff, or what).
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