Member Since: Dec 20, 2006
Location: Middletown, Pennsylvania
Mac Specs: 15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
12-04-2008, 09:15 PM
Originally Posted by hughvane
Wait for it - a fully-functioning 4 Gb
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Stripped from a really old IBM Win desktop machine, and reformatted FAT32, it is now connected to my eMac with an adaptor. Now what am I going to do with it? I could store perhaps one full-length movie. Wow, once upon a time, 4 Gb was considered a large capacity for a HD.
My first hard drive (a Quantum, in an Amiga 2000) was 50MB. That was actually quite massive for the Amiga, considering that the whole OS fit on a single density floppy.
The Bigfoot was somewhat of an anomaly in its day, as there were many drives of that size that were 3.5", Quantum just decided for some reason to develop a quarter height 5.25" formfactor drive. Even still, they were quite popular with the OEMs. I must have seen hundreds of them in older Compaqs.
What to do with it? Well, I always enjoy disassembling them and removing the magnets that move the heads. Those suckers are POWERFUL and will easily hold your kids' drawings to the fridge
Alternatively, you can just take off the top, attach a power supply to it and bounce coins off the platters while it's spinning (be sure to use eye protection).
Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!