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  1. Engadget did a hands on. Seems at least one side has vent holes.
  2. Nice! I've been looking for one of those model ProDrives for awhile now, with that distinctive lid shape. Seen them in old Macs before (albeit with SCSI and Apple firmware) but I wasn't able to get my hands on one back then. All of my ProDrives look like your Fireball 1280. Maybe you could try a zero-fill to try to fix the bad sectors (assuming you haven't tried yet)?
  3. Sorry about the delay; here you go. It was apparently manufactured in January 22, 1988. That trailing cable connects to an LED on the 5.25" bracket that this thing was once attached to. Also, nice bench session! Here is a video.
  4. That's pretty cool. I have two Fireball EL 2.5's, an EX 6.4, an original 1280AT, 1080AT and a 1280S (SCSI) from a Mac, two SE 4.3's, an SE 2.1, a Sirocco 2.5, a TM 2.5, a Pioneer SG 2.1, a Plus AS 10.2, and a few various ProDrives (LPS 540, 270, 170 and ELS 128). The Sirocco has too many bad sectors rendering it unusable, one of my SE 4.3's recently died (it won't do the seek initialization properly and just spin back down, no idea...) but the rest work perfectly. That TM in particular came out of my dad's old PC after around eight years of constant use; no bad sectors or any problems. I regret throwing out my two first-gen Barracuda ST32550W's; although I have the disk stack for one of them somewhere. They were the loudest drives I've ever heard! I also had one of those horrid WDC WD93044A 40MB stepper drives, though I managed to do an HD Tune test on it. The firmware was corrupted and it wouldn't show the model number properly anymore, but it still worked! I've also got the same Conner CFS425A drive as you; working perfectly with zero bad sectors and just as loud I have a Miniscribe 20MB 8425 MFM too, although I have no way to test it because I haven't got an MFM controller card for it, but it spins up without any noticeable problems... anyone want to hear it?
  5. I liked the sound of the Fujitsu M2611T. Almost sounded like a stepper drive when the heads unloaded... almost. Looking forward to the results!
  6. Assuming you're trying to plug a 3.5" HDD into a 2.5" enclosure: no, this will not work. 3.5" drives need both +5V and +12V power, while most 2.5" laptop drives usually only need +5V (and thus, your 2.5" AgeStar likely only supplies the +5V).
  7. That seems a little strange. Pretty big bump from 200GB all the way up to 500GB per platter on the Velociraptors, and the 1TB Scorpio 9.5mm was just released. It'd be rather interesting to see their performance if this is true, though. Not to spam or advertise my site or anything, but I am actually keeping several lists on my blog that show which WD model number suffixes correspond to what platter densities are being used in the models. Of course, it's mostly guessing and looking at STRs to compare the models to other models with known platter density, but I just wanted to share. Link.
  8. I don't know if this contest is open to those outside of the US (I'm in Canada and no-one has answered yet), but I'll post my results anyway. It's my WD Caviar AC31000H, the slowest drive I could find that could handle the 1000MB test size. Three platters for a 1.08GB total capacity, spinning at 4495rpm. ATA-2 interface and 128KB of cache in a standard 3.5" form factor. Made in January of 1995, despite some stiction issues when the drive is powered down for a long while (alleviated with some shaking before power-up), the drive works perfectly with no bad sectors or other problems. Connected to my test system (with Biostar P4M80-M4 motherboard, which doesn't show up in CPU-Z for some reason ), I first did a full (non-fast) format to NTFS before doing a chkdsk scan, and then commencing with CrystalDiskMark. Drive was set to single-drive master mode and connected to the primary IDE connector on my motherboard, with no other IDE devices present. (Main system hard drive is SATA). Test system RAM is composed of one Crucial 1GB stick and one Nanya 512MB stick (both DDR-400), with 64MB taken away by the integrated graphics. Northbridge is the VIA P4M800 Pro and southbridge is the VIA VT8237R Plus. OS is Windows XP Home 32-bit. The card that you can see in one of the photos is a wireless card. I turned off the real-time protection on Microsoft Security Essentials to make sure it didn't interfere. Other system specifications are shown in the screenshots. Here are the results: If any other information is desired, let me know. Good luck guys!
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    HDD sounds during powerup

    Sounds a lot like what was getting with his.Seems like most of these drives make a similar noise on startup, so it's probably normal. My F3 single-platter units made a similar noise on startup, too.
  10. Manufacturer: Seagate Family: Barracuda Green Released: First quarter 2011 Notes: Just noticed these selling at several retailers and thought I would suggest it. Model Name (product family): Seagate Barracuda Green 1TB Model Number: ST1000DL002 Capacity: 1 TB URL: Link Interface: SATA 3Gbps Spindle Speed: 5900rpm Seek: 12ms read, 13ms write Buffer: 32 MB Density: 640/667GB per platter?
  11. Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics Family: SpinPoint F3 Released: Fourth quarter 2009 Notes: - Model Name (product family): Samsung SpinPoint F3 250GB Model Number: HD253GJ Capacity: 250 GB URL: Link Interface: SATA 3Gbps Spindle Speed: 7200rpm Seek: not specified Buffer: 16 MB Density: 500GB, only half is used