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Tue, Aug. 16th, 2016, 12:52 pm
baron_waste: BYTE, July 1980

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Yet, considering that apps programs were themselves measured in kilobytes, ten MB was VAST.

[And that price wasn't bad either - Tandy offered a 1 MB hard drive for $1,600.]

Tue, Aug. 16th, 2016 06:40 pm (UTC)

Indeed, my first hard drive was a burly full height 5.25" unit holding an immense 15MB - and try as I might, I never managed to fill it more than about ⅔ full, with all the games I had, all the text files, and so on. And now, a single photo from my D7100 would have difficulty fitting on it. =:D

Its controller was quite a piece of work, too - about A4/letter size, crammed with chips. Came to a sad, early end when, one time after I'd been doing some work on it all, I reconnected the power lines the way I thought they were.. but not, and transposed the 12 & 5v rails. All the status LEDs came on, quite brightly, followed by the release of a tiny measure of magic smoke from one of the LSI devices.

Fri, Aug. 26th, 2016 08:27 pm (UTC)

I don't think I've ever seen a HD smaller than 5MB, so I'm intrigued to learn of a 1MB one! (Also, gosh, a new post here! Yay!)

Sat, Aug. 27th, 2016 12:12 pm (UTC)

Yah, I'm not coming across it myself either, tho' I'm sure I have the image somewhere in my archives.  I remember that it was a serious appliance - commercial microwave size - and it cost about $1,600.

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Tue, Aug. 30th, 2016 09:56 pm (UTC)

Are you sure it was Tandy that offered it? I'm pretty sure the first "TRS-80 Hard Disk" I ever saw in their catalog was 5Mb, and it was about the same price as the ad above... (Well, the "primary disk" clocked in at around $3999, I think, since it had all of the controller-bus interface electronics in it; "secondary drives", which daisy-chained off the primary and shared the bus-interface controller, were "only" $3499.)

Wed, Aug. 31st, 2016 05:40 am (UTC)

I'll concede it, because I'm seeing the same thing, and after all this time I may well be wrong.

[Tho' I did have a chance once to work with some 8" truly “floppy” disks!  I think they had a capacity of, what, 800 kb or so.  Yee haw!]