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Topic # 25872 4-Sep-2008 16:12
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Anyone remember the 8" floppy? (insert witty suggestive remark here)

I found a whole stack of them at work the other day they hold an immense 1024 Bytes of data - awesome! I think I might frame it or put it on the wall as I doubt it will have a high resale value lol




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  Reply # 162164 4-Sep-2008 16:17
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But think of the cost at the time. I've used an HP85 computer that had an add-on 8" floppy + 5MB harddrive unit that was approx $16,000 new.



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  Reply # 162165 4-Sep-2008 16:19
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cheap at twice the price! Laughing




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Reply # 162166 4-Sep-2008 16:20
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Yes, yes... Those ones. Preferred brands were Maxwell, Nashua and Verbatim. We had to use those at Uni, because of the old MP/M system we had for the students.






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  Reply # 162167 4-Sep-2008 16:22
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This one is a genuine IBM Deiskette 2D even has the patent number on the sticker, wanyone got any good ideas for what I can do with it?




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Bung: But think of the cost at the time. I've used an HP85 computer that had an add-on 8" floppy + 5MB harddrive unit that was approx $16,000 new.

 

How big (physically) was that hard drive?

 

The first one I saw in the mid 80s would have had platters the size of a steering wheel. And it  I'm sure it wasn't a sealed unit.





 



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  Reply # 162371 5-Sep-2008 09:12
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TinyTim:

Bung: But think of the cost at the time. I've used an HP85 computer that had an add-on 8" floppy + 5MB harddrive unit that was approx $16,000 new.


How big (physically) was that hard drive?


The first one I saw in the mid 80s would have had platters the size of a steering wheel. And it  I'm sure it wasn't a sealed unit.



Linked because my skills are somewhat lacking: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/88/Floppy_Disk_Drive_8_inch.jpg




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  Reply # 162420 5-Sep-2008 11:20
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TinyTim:

Bung: But think of the cost at the time. I've used an HP85 computer that had an add-on 8" floppy + 5MB harddrive unit that was approx $16,000 new.

 

How big (physically) was that hard drive?

 

The first one I saw in the mid 80s would have had platters the size of a steering wheel. And it  I'm sure it wasn't a sealed unit.


It was a sealed Winchester Drive that was about the size of 2 5.25" CD drives stuck together (or about the size of Balchy's image). The HD was actually paired with a 5.25 floppy, the 8" floppy units were in another box that wasn't being used by the time I started.

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  Reply # 168929 4-Oct-2008 01:13
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Isnt that 5 and a quarter inch?




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  Reply # 168945 4-Oct-2008 08:37
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Balchy: Anyone remember the 8" floppy? (insert witty suggestive remark here)

I found a whole stack of them at work the other day they hold an immense 1024 Bytes of data - awesome! I think I might frame it or put it on the wall as I doubt it will have a high resale value lol

I still have one around here at home with Opus brand on it..





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Balchy: Anyone remember the 8" floppy?
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they hold an immense 1024 Bytes of data

I think you will find it was 1024 k Bytes of data.  This was the DS/DD standard, whereas the SSSD version held only 241kB.

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  Reply # 168960 4-Oct-2008 09:24
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TinyTim: How big (physically) was that hard drive?

The first one I saw in the mid 80s would have had platters the size of a steering wheel. And it  I'm sure it wasn't a sealed unit.

 

Those were Removeable Hard Disk cartridges.  The ones I worked with were on a Wang VS system and it used Phoenix 70MB Removeable Hard Disk cartridges, about the diameter of a steering wheel as you say, and about as thick as 2 or 3 Auckland Phone Books stacked on top of each other.  The Phoenix cartridges were coloured blue IIRC, and I think that other brands of mainframe also used them apart from Wang.


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TinyTim: How big (physically) was that hard drive?

The first one I saw in the mid 80s would have had platters the size of a steering wheel. And it  I'm sure it wasn't a sealed unit.

 

Those were Removeable Hard Disk cartridges.  The ones I worked with were on a Wang VS system and it used Phoenix 70MB Removeable Hard Disk cartridges, about the diameter of a steering wheel as you say, and about as thick as 2 or 3 Auckland Phone Books stacked on top of each other.  The Phoenix cartridges were coloured blue IIRC, and I think that other brands of mainframe also used them apart from Wang.



That would be it! It came from Tiwai aluminium smelter if I remember correctly.




 

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