Compaq Deskpro boards/hard drives from the late 1990s

Liam Proven lproven at
Wed Jul 21 10:19:28 CDT 2021

On Wed, 21 Jul 2021 at 16:32, Peter Corlett via cctalk
<cctalk at> wrote:
> Not quite answering the question you asked, but optical drives from 15-25
> years ago are 5.25" IDE devices.

If one were inclined to be _excessively_ persnickety, one could say
that they were ATAPI devices, which in turn implies EIDE rather than
plain old IDE, no?

IIRC the original capacity ceiling on IDE was 504MB or something, so I
think the capacity of a CD (~650MB) would make a strictly IDE CD drive

I can't think of anything other than the Bigfoot, no. I didn't know
Compaq favoured them, though...

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