Question re: 8" drive form-factor
eric at brouhaha.com
Wed Jun 3 21:37:30 CDT 2009
Steven Hirsch wrote:
> Here's a strange one: I recently acquired two Shugart 851 drives from
> another cctech-er. They were in nice shape and operate fine. The
> weird part is their form-factor.
> I have 8 or 10 other 8" drives in my collection, both half-height and
> full-height, including two other 851 Shugarts. All of these are 8.5"
> wide, with faceplate and frame being exactly the same size.
> These two "new" Shugart units are _9.5"_ wide at the faceplate and
> require a clearance of about 9-1/8" for the frame. Can anyone explain
> this odd sizing? Were they perhaps manufactured against an earlier
IIRC, the "R" suffix drives are intended to be rack-mounted in pairs. I
have no idea, though, how that could be better than using the
standard-width drives since either way they're going to need some
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