Keatah Posted September 9, 2022 Share Posted September 9, 2022 (edited) What was the first hard drive you ever purchased? I got mine in 1985/1986. It was a 10MB Sider from First Class Peripherals and made for the Apple II with interface through SASI. It was (still is) a huge honk'n thing about the size of a small/mid tower PC. Just under the size of a Corvus Constellation1. I got it through mail order and paid around $600-$700 for it. I mainly used it for BBS'ing back then. As an upgrade from a 2-floppy system to a 10megger. Remember it being faster than normal floppy drives, naturally, but only a tiny bit faster than a floppy with something like Diversi-Dos or Hyper-DOS or any other "fastloader" patches. Why was that? The Apple II was limited by the bus speed, external hardware could easily go much faster, but hit the brakes when it got on the bus. This drive had a stepper-motor band mechanism for moving the heads. Makes this chirping sound as it seeks the tracks. It and its motor echoes and resonates in the chassis. So rather loud, like a full-speed GPU fan. All metal construction. Runs at 3150 RPM and the discs themselves, 4 or 5 platters, are 5" in diameter. One of it's most useful attributes was having the all that space available - though I still played from floppies because not all games could be put on an HDD. Not like with the ProDOS packs/ports and disk images and Everdrive flash technology of today. 1- The Corvus HDD is something we had in the computer lab in high-school. It projected an air of futuristic sophistication both in looks and functionality. A big white box that had a mainframe look to it. Had the "disk pack" look to it. The "digital" brand look. Like I say, mainframe! Edited September 9, 2022 by Keatah 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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