CDC Sabre 8" SMD blues

Guy Sotomayor ggs at
Fri Jan 29 00:19:30 CST 2016

On 1/28/16 12:52 PM, Ian Finder wrote:
> Hi folks,
>         I recently picked up a Symbolics system built around an 8" Control Data Corp. Sabre hard drive.
>         Some files read when I show the FEP directory listing but many show as "Error reading file header, wrong pkid read" which I assume is some sort of FEP FS integrity check.
>         In short, the drive becomes ready and much of the data appears still there, but I have some brand of consistent read errors that preclude the machine from booting.
>         It's not a software issue as the machine was deinstalled in a working condition.
>         Anyone familiar with these terrible drives? Am I totally up the creek? I tried a couple different orientations.
I just realized, that I have 2 8" SMD drives that are bolted together 
(along with their power supplies).  I have *no* idea of their 
operational condition (but physically they're in good shape). If you 
want to come down and collect them, they're yours.  They are way too 
heavy to ship.

TTFN - Guy

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