Backups [was Re: Is tape dead?]

Sean Caron scaron at
Sat Sep 26 12:54:09 CDT 2015

I began my first job ever working at a computer repair shop not soon after
those drives first hit the market and I recall them being pretty dodgy. I
replaced many Bigfoot drives when I was in high school! They were also dog
slow ... 3600 RPM, I think ...

The quality got better as time went on, if someone wanted to make the
calculated purchase to use one as a "data tank" and not care about the
throughput too much ... later Bigfoots were maybe okay for such an
application ... but they were always poor performers. I saw many home PCs
with needlessly crippled performance due to the inclusion of a Bigfoot
drive by the vendor trying to push GB/$.



On Sat, Sep 26, 2015 at 12:44 PM, Noel Chiappa <jnc at>

>     > From: Sean Caron
>     > the worst thing on the market since the old Quantum Bigfoot
> Just out of curiousity, what was so bad about the Bigfoot?
>         Noel

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