Small hard drives, was Re: Tower of Nerd
Zane H. Healy
healyzh at aracnet.com
Mon Feb 12 12:42:23 CST 2007
> Speaking of which...does it make sense to start preserving
> (hoarding) older, low-capacity hard drives, be they IDE or SCSI, for
> smaller machines? They seem to be drying up fast.
Several years ago (around '98/99), the most "valuable" Hard drive in my
collection was a 20MB SCSI HD, as it allowed me to transfer some software
onto my PDP-11. It was the *ONLY* SCSI HD in my collection that was smaller
than 100MB (IIRC, I needed 30MB or smaller).
For the past several years I've been collecting 2GB Seagate Barracuda Narrow
SCSI drives when I can find them, as well as other small Narrow SCSI drives.
As I hope to be able to have enough to outlast my PDP-11's, Amiga's, and
For my VAXstations, I've got 40+ StorageWorks drives, as well as plenty of
StorageWorks shelves and fans.
I'm also collecting large capacity SCSI drives for my Alpha's, Sun's, and
I probably have enough EIDE drives for my PC's and PowerMac G4. I've quite
honestly not given this as much thought as I maybe should.
I even have a few RD52's, 2 RD54's, and a couple ESDI drives. I've even
saved the dead RD53's I have, but haven't had a chance to try to revive
Also take a look at spare powersupplies, fans, and any strange CD/DVD-ROM
requirements (such as 512-byte block SCSI). If you use external disk
enclosures, it would be a good idea to have spares of them as well. Spare
floppy drives are also a good idea.
Yes, I've given this some thought over the past 10 years, and have been
stock piling all of that time. I just hope I don't have anything that is
the equivalent of the DEC RD53 drives in my spares collection!
My big concern in the coming years is likely to be suitable monitors for
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