On 2/2/07, Billy Pettit <Billy.Pettit at wdc.com> wrote:
Hmmm. I supported the Eagles for the 8 years I was at
Of course, the Eagle simply ran forever. I visited a
couple that hadn't been powered down in 5 years - just running along quietly
in the background....
So, I'm not surprised to see some Eagles still running. To me, it was the
best disk drive ever made. Certainly the most reliable.
We had an Eagle on an SI9900 off of our VAX-11/750 (S/N BT0000354).
It ran for years and years and years. I haven't powered it up in a
long time (1994?), but at some point when I move around the room to
that corner, I would hope that it spins up and works. I have several
Eagles hanging off of a similar SI controller on the 11/70s, but they
haven't been powered up since I deinstalled the PDPs from Borden.
Hopefully they'll spin up and work, too.
We never had a single problem with the Eagle in 10+ years of operation
(c. 1983-1993). The 160MB drive on the same controller was not so
robust, unfortunately. The only complaint I could ever level would be
that the Eagle wasn't the same size as a DEC disk, so we always had to
patch the driver to insert the internal geometry table when upgrading
the OS. Once we got that patch, though, it was a big, fat, reliable,
I got to be good
friends with the designer, Yuji Inoue. He was an incredible engineer.
Sadly, he died about 3 years ago.
That's unfortunate to hear.