Chuck Guzis wrote:
On 31 Dec 2006 at 0:38, Tom Peters wrote:
But they were amusing. Well, sort of amusing.
If I had a nice cabinet like that, I'd fill it with one each of
various types of floppy drives (except for 8") and a switch.
Let's see -- one 1.44, one 720K, 1 1.3MB for 3.5", one 100 tpi 5.25",
1 360K, 1 1.2MB. Given that the 100 tpi is a full height unit,
that's 7 half-height drives. Would take a bit of hacking, but it
Depending on the overall case width, I suppose you might just get two 8"
drives mounted vertically. (I'm not sure of the height of an 8" drive - two of
them would be more than 5.25", but might be within the limits of a system case
shell, which normally has one or two inches extra width...
Seems a shame to rip out all the SCSI logic, though. Actually, perhaps a data
recovery  box for magtape / optical media / others might be nicer: 60MB
QIC, 150MB QIC, 5.25" MO, ZIP etc. as all of those come in SCSI flavours
anyway. Keep a CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drive in there too, and leave the floppy
drives for a scrap PC case...
 well, not really 'recovery' at that level. More 'access', I suppose.
Right now, except for the FH drives, I use IBM PS/2
Adapter/A cabinets, one for each drive.
I tend to need to plug something in at the moment, but I've got an old PC
cased lined up to convert to a box 'o floppy drives. For other types of
devices I tend to favour Sun's more recent external CDROM drive cases (they'll
take a narrow 5.25" drive, but have wide in/out connectors on the back).
I'm just sorry that I gave away my old 7 CD unit.
I never did like them, not for home use. It was too rare to need access to
more than one disc at once anyway, and remembering which discs were in which
drives was a nightmare.