Reminiscing? How about the evolution of storage?
Over the years, Iâ€™ve played around with MFM, RLL, ESDI, SCSI, IDE, EIDE, SATA-1, SATA-2 & SATA-3 drive interfaces. About the only one I havenâ€™t tried is SAS.
The HDD brands Iâ€™ve had were CDC, Imprimus, Priam, Maxtor, Conner, Data General, Fujitsu, IBM (yes, at one time IBM had their own disk drive manufacturing facilities), MiniScribe, Micropolis, Quantum, Rodime, Hitachi, Western Digital & Seagate. I can remember when the first hard disk drive became available to the general public. It was a Seagate ST225 20MB (yes, that’s Megabytes) drive and was advertised in Computer Shopper for $399. Before that hard drives were only sold to “computer professionals” or system manufacturers. The installation of a hard drive was considered to be way beyond the capabilities of the consumer. The best of the old bunch were the Quantum and IBM IDE drives. Buying any brand of HDD is pretty much of a crapshoot nowadays.
Iâ€™ve also played around with Â¼â€ tape drives (boy, thereâ€™s an exercise in futility!), DAT tape drives, 8mm helical-scan tape (Exabyte), DTL tape & magneto-optical disk drives trying to find a good backup solution. All but the Â¼â€ tape drives were SCSI interface.
Iâ€™ve always built my own desktops, from my first Intel 286 system with 1 Megabyte of RAM, a 20 Megabyte Seagate ST225 HDD and a 13" monochrome CRT monitor (back in the late â€˜80s?) up to my current ASUS P6X58D Premium Intel Core i7-950 Quad-Core HT desktop system with 12 GB of RAM, a pair of 1TB SATA-3 HDDâ€™s in a RAID1 array and a 22" widescreen LCD monitor. I wouldn’t go back to the “old” days for anything!