Miniscribe "bricks" (was Re: Common Maxtor MFM drive failure mode -- any ideas?)

Noel Chiappa jnc at
Fri Oct 23 16:49:30 CDT 2015

    > From: Pierre Gebhardt

    > Haha, I guess you're alluding to the massive scam with the bricks,
    > Miniscribe did back them to pretend stocks full of disk drives...

Never heard the story. Can someone oblige?

    > BTW, are there any other similar stories from the disk drive buisiness
    > back in these days?

I don't know about disk drives, but there are lot of scam stories. One
minicomputer manufacturer (sorry, don't remember who, but I think it was on
the 128 belt) was shipping empty cabinets, in order to meet projections (I
dunno if they couldn't afford the parts to build the guts, or if their
manufacturing division couldn't build the stuff, or what).


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