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Here is a Seagate ST3660A 545 Meg hard disk making a racket during random read benchmark video:

the following results:

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CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 © 2007-2010 hiyohiyo

Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/

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* MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [sATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]

Sequential Read : 2.268 MB/s

Sequential Write : 2.253 MB/s

Random Read 512KB : 2.075 MB/s

Random Write 512KB : 2.096 MB/s

Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.171 MB/s [ 41.7 IOPS]

Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.177 MB/s [ 43.3 IOPS]

Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 0.222 MB/s [ 54.3 IOPS]

Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.238 MB/s [ 58.0 IOPS]

Test : 50 MB [D: 0.0% (0.0/517.7 MB)] (x5)

Date : 2011/07/26 4:14:20

OS : Windows XP Professional SP2 [5.1 Build 2600] (x86)

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And a Conner CFS425 Hard disk, also Very Loud =)

Bench results for Conner CFS425:

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CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 © 2007-2010 hiyohiyo

Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/

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* MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [sATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]

Sequential Read : 3.322 MB/s

Sequential Write : 3.312 MB/s

Random Read 512KB : 2.981 MB/s

Random Write 512KB : 2.996 MB/s

Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.222 MB/s [ 54.3 IOPS]

Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.219 MB/s [ 53.4 IOPS]

Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 0.271 MB/s [ 66.2 IOPS]

Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.265 MB/s [ 64.7 IOPS]

Test : 50 MB [D: 0.0% (0.0/405.1 MB)] (x5)

Date : 2011/07/26 3:43:59

OS : Windows XP Professional SP2 [5.1 Build 2600] (x86)

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The competition is over and we are going over some of the details since there have been some very interesting submissions over the course of a month. I think you could even say nothing we would have ever expected :lol:

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Thanks for the reply.

I have also been very surprised by a lot of the entries for slowest HDD. Not only were some of those speeds far below what I was expecting but the fact that people have hung onto such old (but running!) hardware is impressive.

I expected a lot more (and a lot faster) entries for the fastest speed side of this. I thought that I was going to have to get north of 1GBps to even get 2nd place. Instead my array at only 1/2 strength seems to be the fastest.

Looking forward to the announced results,

-Grog

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Here is a Seagate ST3660A 545 Meg hard disk making a racket during random read benchmark video:

That may be my favorite sound yet! A nice balance of the crunchy clicking of my Barracuda 18, and the hollow song of the older drives. What does it sound like on spin-up?

By the way, I still intend to make a recording of the Barracuda, but it is not convenient to fire up an 80-pin SCSI drive right now.

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That may be my favorite sound yet! A nice balance of the crunchy clicking of my Barracuda 18, and the hollow song of the older drives. What does it sound like on spin-up?

By the way, I still intend to make a recording of the Barracuda, but it is not convenient to fire up an 80-pin SCSI drive right now.

Heya

I'll do a special recording for you, but I'm about to go to work so will do when I get home in the morning. I have lots of other drives to display, will upload more videos and link them for you.

Cheers

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LOL! Great stuff, thanks for doing it. Do you actively collect these?

That Fireball sounds Angry! Are you willing to do seek videos of the Fireball and the Cheetah? I would like to hear those.

I looked up the Acoustics figures (idle) for the Seagate drives, curious how those compare to my Barracuda. They are listed:

ST31276A	3.8 Bels
ST318405LW	3.8 Bels
ST3660A		2.9/3.3 Bels

The ST31276A and ST318405LW (Cheetah) sound very different (in the recordings, reproduced on my system), yet are listed the same. Nevertheless, my Barracuda 18 (ST118273LC) is listed at 4.2 Bels.

There are louder Seagate drives by rating (idle):

Drive                      Bels (idle)
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Cheetah 9LP ST39102*        4.4
Cheetah 18 ST118202*        4.6
Barracuda 9 ST19171*        4.6
Cheetah 4LP ST34501*        4.6 
Cheetah 36 ST136403*        4.7
Barracuda 2 ST12450*        4.7
Barracuda 1 ST11950*        4.7
Barracuda 2LP ST31250*      4.7
Barracuda 4 ST15150*        4.7

Anybody have one of these?

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LOL! Great stuff, thanks for doing it. Do you actively collect these?

That Fireball sounds Angry! Are you willing to do seek videos of the Fireball and the Cheetah? I would like to hear those.

I love old hard disks and Yes I do collect them, have lots. Would like to get more old ones tho 500meg and under, hard to find sometimes. Maybe I should look at more threads for this, any suggestions?

How do I find a controller card for the Seagate Cheetah SCSI? Not 100% sure which SCSI it is, can you help?

Here's a Seek Video of the Quantum Fireball 1280at 5400RPM using Speedsys Benchmark for Dos, its ANGRY! =) I did a few other drives as well listed below because Speedsys for dos is more violent with drives, makes them sound great.

I even did a 42 megabyte fujitsu drive for ya.

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Here are the following drives spinning up and spinning down videos I just recorded:

Was Fun doing them, Enjoy!

SWEET!!!! I love this stuff :-P

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I liked the sound of the Fujitsu M2611T. Almost sounded like a stepper drive when the heads unloaded... almost. :lol:

Looking forward to the results!

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I liked the sound of the Fujitsu M2611T. Almost sounded like a stepper drive when the heads unloaded... almost. :lol:

Looking forward to the results!

The fujitsu is a voice coil drive, I remember using one of these in my 486. I had a Seagate 40mb with a stepper motor which seemed slow so I put the Fujitsu in (it was the 100mb version, but the drive looks the same as this 42mb I have), I had 4 meg of ram and was running OS/2 so the drive still swapped like hell. The 100mb fujitsu got very hot, I reckon you could almost cook an egg on it =). That Fujitsu 42mb drive is 20 years old this august, its dated 08-1991, woohoo! No bad sectors, what a great drive!

I'm thinking of gathering all my quantum drives and joining the videos up into one (spinup/spindown and seeking) when I get time, should be fun. Stay tuned in next few days for that. I have never had a Quantum Drive Crash, however I have received 1 Quantum Drive the ST3.2a with a fault recently from the recycle market, a first. What Robust drives!

Have been giving the seagate 545mb and the conner 420mb a workout in my p1 running realtime graphical demos from the demoscene, they handle well, I love how you can actually hear them seeking, unlike some newer drives =).

The Drives I regret getting rid of were a Maxtor 345meg full Height ESDI (I used this for my bbs data drive running thru a laplink cable to my 486), A Fujitsu 1 Gig Full height SCSI-2 (Clunker). Also the two drives which got me started with my 286, a 32meg Fujitsu MFM (stepper motor 132k/sec) and 74meg Full Height Micropolis MFM (Voice Coil 172k/sec). I also had a few 10 and 20 meg MFM drives floating around at the time, all stepper motor and all working.

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Here is a Pic of all my Quantums, The Drive in the bottom right hand corner is labelled a "Maxtor" as it was when Maxtor Bought Quantum, however the drive still very much looks like a quantum so I will include it in this family of drives.

Starting from Top row and going left to right is:

Quantum Fireball CX

Quantum Fireball LM Plus 20gig

Quantum Fireball EX 6.4gig

Quantum Fireball LCT 10gig

Quantum Fireball EX 3.2gig

Bottom Row going left to right:

Quantum Fireball 1280a 3.5inch Series (1.2gig)

Quantum Fireball TM 2.1gig

Quantum Fireball TM 2.1gig

Quantum Fireball ST 3.2a (Faulty)

Maxtor D740X-6L 20gig

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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!

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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?

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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?

That's a great collection, I need to expand mine a bit, still got a lot more quantum models to cover. I'd like to hear the spinup of the MFM, those drives were great and did the job well back in the day, they certainly have character =).

I had an 8425 miniscribe back in the early 90's, can I see a picture of it?

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That's a great collection, I need to expand mine a bit, still got a lot more quantum models to cover. I'd like to hear the spinup of the MFM, those drives were great and did the job well back in the day, they certainly have character =).

I had an 8425 miniscribe back in the early 90's, can I see a picture of it?

Sorry about the delay; here you go. It was apparently manufactured in January 22, 1988.

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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.

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Sorry about the delay; here you go. It was apparently manufactured in January 22, 1988.

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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.

Very nice! Yes i had one of these and it worked, it was manufactured in 1988 as well.

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I'm quite Pleased to have Received a Quantum Prodrive LPS 120AT hard disk from the UK to where I am in Australia, have bench tested this beauty and it has a small block of bad sectors which is not too bad considering the distance it has travelled. Here are some pics and videos =). Enjoy

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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)?

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