Oh yeah, I remember when the super-thin yet ultra-wide bigfoots came out. IBM used 'em in a bunch of their machines. I think my exact words were something along the lines of "What the **** is this? Didn't we stop building 5.25" hard drives ten years ago?"
I was kind of a late adopter when hard drives came out, largely because I couldn't afford one. My first drive was an ST296N (80MB, SCSI, 5.25" half-height) that bought when I upgraded from an 8088 to a 16 Mhz 286. My second
hard drive, however, was pretty impressive. It was a used 100 meg SCSI 5.25" full-height unit made by Control Data Corp. (For those who don't go back this far, a common desktop CD/DVD-ROM drive is half-height. Two of 'em stacked together would be a full-height drive.) The unusual thing is that it was nearly a foot deep (front to back) as it had a linear servo driving the heads straight in and out- none of this stepper motor business.
@ jayc72, wow, I'd totally forgotten about doing MFM/RLL conversions. I doubt if 1% of the folks on the 'net today have ever even seen a hard drive with seperate data and control cables.
Who here remembers Conner? Shugart? Rodime?
Incidentally, I'd thought that MicroDrive (1 inch) was the smallest form-factor out there, but it turns out that Toshiba now has a 0.85" drive in 2GB and 4GB capacities, models MK2001MTN and MK4001MTD, which weigh 5.7 grams.
I guess my biggest question is why? MicroSD cards are smaller than my thumbnail, and currently hold 16 GB at about $50. Proper SSDs are getting cheap too.
The big question: Anybody here remember core?