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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughvane View Post
    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!
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    I'm ashamed to admit that I remember installing some of those drives when they were new!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khris View Post
    I'm ashamed to admit that I remember installing some of those drives when they were new!!
    Yaaaaay! 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?!

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    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!

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkArt View Post
    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" ).

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    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!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughvane View Post
    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).
    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!

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

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    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!

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    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 ) 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.

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

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    Yeah I remember that....A GIGABYTE!?!?! WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH A GIGABYTE...
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