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hughvane 12-04-2008 03:18 PM

What To Do With It
 
Wait for it - a fully-functioning 4 Gb Quantum Bigfoot 5.25 hard drive Image:Quantum Bigfoot HDD.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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.

tkim 12-04-2008 03:43 PM

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Originally Posted by hughvane (Post 766457)
Wait for it - a fully-functioning 4 Gb Quantum Bigfoot 5.25 hard drive Image:Quantum Bigfoot HDD.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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.

Holy cow that thing is huge! Man, 4gb is good for nothin' these days! You could put quite a few mp3's on it if you wanted to get the most "bang for your usage." Talk about a dinosaur!

jhawk2 12-04-2008 03:45 PM

Put Linux on it!

Khris 12-04-2008 04:19 PM

I'm ashamed to admit that I remember installing some of those drives when they were new!!

hughvane 12-04-2008 05:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Khris (Post 766491)
I'm ashamed to admit that I remember installing some of those drives when they were new!!

Yaaaaay! :D In fact, they're not all that old by comparison with things beyond the computer hardware field, they were in operation until the late 1990s, and their capacity went as far as 13 Gb, or 19 Gb (twin platter). Staggering stuff. I can't get over that exposed circuit board.

The IBM drive bay for the floppy, optical and hard drives must have made working on the machines a treat, compared with the cramped conditions inside units like the iMacs and eMacs. I mean, I'm no tech specialist, but I stripped that old IBM down to its barest essentials inside 15 minutes without breaking a thing bar the nylon motherboard clips. Anybody want a 200w dual-out switchable power supply? A cooling fan? A 64 Mb RAM stick?!

Lifeisabeach 12-04-2008 05:44 PM

I remember my first hard drive... a Seagate 40 mb drive mounted on a card that popped into the ISA slot in my old Amstrad PC. Cost me $200!

Audio.Trench 12-04-2008 06:05 PM

You should sell it on eBay for an absurd price, as "nostalgic PC hardware."

hughvane 12-04-2008 07:19 PM

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Originally Posted by DarkArt (Post 766536)
You should sell it on eBay for an absurd price, as "nostalgic PC hardware."

Whilst I can't use eBay from NZ, that power supply may in fact find a buyer. I regularly see 'wanted' ads for replacement power supplies, and that has a power-out socket for a monitor (not "dual-out" :Blushing: ).

harryb2448 12-04-2008 08:55 PM

A 4GB drive hughvane? That was the drive in the 5500/250 Performa, Directors Special model from memory. First machine for me was an original LC which came with a hard drive, 150MB and 8MB RAM.

The 4GB drive on the 5500 was absolutely HUGE and I would never, never be able to use that amount of drive and the speed with 96MB RAM!!

cwa107 12-04-2008 09:15 PM

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Originally Posted by hughvane (Post 766457)
Wait for it - a fully-functioning 4 Gb Quantum Bigfoot 5.25 hard drive Image:Quantum Bigfoot HDD.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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).

Dysfunction 12-04-2008 10:06 PM

once upon a time? Wasn't even all that long ago :D :D :D

now I'm working in pb's. :o

dtravis7 12-04-2008 10:10 PM

Agreed, it seems like just yesterday that I had my first 20MB hard drive in my Amiga 500 in a Dataflyer external case. Also had a 30GB with my Atari ST. When I first got a 120MB drive in my early 386 PC I was saying what will I do with all that room! :D

I have 2 of those Quantum Big Foots. They both still work. One is a 4GB and I think one is a 6GB or around.

hughvane 12-04-2008 10:14 PM

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Originally Posted by cwa107 (Post 766612)
What to do with it? Well, I always enjoy disassembling them and removing the magnets .(or). just take off the top, attach a power supply to it and bounce coins off the platters while it's spinning.

Why, thank you sah for your suggestions.

I work a good deal with older people (ie. older than me ;P) and their computers, and I offer to destroy their hard drives for them when their machines have 'died' or have been replaced. In this instance, with the previous owner's permission, I retained the HD just because I hate throwing away something that works.

Anyway, I have several of the powerful magnets from previous dismantled drives, not to mention several dozen small grub screws. The coin idea I will mull over for a while.

dabears34 12-05-2008 12:15 AM

Use it as self defense like those old sprint TV ads.

xj6jaguar1985 12-05-2008 01:48 AM

Yeah I remember that....A GIGABYTE!?!?! WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH A GIGABYTE...
heh..
heh...
1st computer I personally ever had was a Packard Bell...The thing was a 1MHz processor...hahahaha


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