Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:
successfully repaired a NeXT MO drive and it is remarkably
reliable... I have been banging on it solid for a week and it hasn't
died. Knowing how hard it is to find a working drive, I'd like to
extend an offer to anyone on the list that has NeXT MO media: I'm
willing to dump the media so long as you take care of postage both
ways. I'll send you back a CDROM or DVD with dump, dump.old, tar and
dd images, and the original media if you want it (I'd be happy to
hold on to old media if you don't want it).
Jerome Fine replies:
I use a Sony SMO S-501 MO drive with 5 1/4" media
about 295 MegaBytes on each side for a total of 590 MegaBytes.
I have no idea if these media are the same, but within a few
years, I will likely want to sell most of them all along with
most of the drives.
However, since I now rarely use the media (when DVD media are
4.7 GB or almost 10 times the capacity), I am confident that
I can start to dispose of many of the S-501 media.
Anyone interested? Are the media for the S-501 and the NeXT
MO drives different? If they are identical, then there are
a lot of media available (more than 100) for $ 1.00 each
Unfortunately I too own an SMO S-501 and the NeXT OD cartridges are in no way compatible
with the drive. The closest relative to the NeXT OD media and the NeXT OD drive is the
Canon Canofile which uses proprietary hardware (the drives are a little different but the
cartridges are the same).
As for your offer I might go for it as I am in serious need of some more media. Where
exactly are they and how many do you have?