OUR EIDE DISKS

ATA disks, later called EIDE, were introduced in 1985 with a lower cost controller board. The control logic was moved to logic board on the disk assembly which free manufacturers to design new products more easily. The 40-pin cable was eventually replaced with an 8-conductor wire to allow for higher speeds. EIDE hard disks are …

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BAD SECTORS

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In the early days of hard disks, manufacturers placed bad sector tables on the labels of the disks. This was done so that manual marking of bad sectors could be done. The image shows an old MFM  hard disk with its defect table. This was typical of early hard disks. MS-DOS formats disks completely and …

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HARD DISK SURVIVAL

Almost everyone has had disk errors at one time or another. There are the file system errors but this page is concerned with mechanical failures of hard disks. We purchase hard disks frequently primarily to take advantage of capacity increases. The photo is the ST-506 5MB hard disk ($1,500) that was the less expensive of …

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GNU PROJECT

The GNU project was established in 1983 by Richard Stallman when he posted a message in Usenet. Its aim is to give computer users freedom and control in their use of their computers and computing devices, by collaboratively developing and providing software that is based on the following freedom rights: users are free to run the …

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NETWORK ATTACHED STORAGE

Linux is more popular choice for network attached storage (NAS). The operating system is free and there are now distributions that are turnkey for rapid deployment. Consumer NAS units range from 2 to 4 disks. Corporate servers now use 60 disk chassis that have 4 rows stacked inside a standard 4U chassis, FREENAS FreeNAS is based …

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TAPE BACKUP

Back at the dawn of computers in the early 1950s there has been a need for a backup. IBM came up with their 7 track 1/2 inch in 1952. The image shows the IBM 705 tape system with several drives along the wall. Over time the mainframe system used a range of tape products. The …

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