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Amigaz
February 11th, 2009, 11:15 AM
I have a Western Digital 150mb 5.25in full height ESDI harddrive in my Dell System 310 which is the factory installed hdd in it.
Does these beasts park their heads automatically when you turn off your PC?
Read somewhere that these things had some "cache" , do I still need for example smartdrive?

vwestlife
February 11th, 2009, 12:11 PM
I have a Western Digital 150mb 5.25in full height ESDI harddrive in my Dell System 310 which is the factory installed hdd in it.
Does these beasts park their heads automatically when you turn off your PC?
Most likely yes. An ESDI drive of that size would've been expensive enough that self-parking would be a standard feature.

Amigaz
February 11th, 2009, 12:20 PM
Most likely yes. An ESDI drive of that size would've been expensive enough that self-parking would be a standard feature.

Yeah, I guess so

I really like this drive...it rattles nicely when it works...quite fast too and not that noisy
It's like having a straight six GM engine from the 60's under you hood....

Here's some pic's of the beast it's in
http://picasaweb.google.se/jivemaster2005/VintageDellPC#

The box is very similar to the IMB 5170, same back breaking weight and dimensions and PSU

Anonymous Coward
February 13th, 2009, 06:17 AM
Yeah, the 5170 really is quite ridiculous. I usually hurl around a few four letter words when I have to move it.

linemanduke
February 13th, 2009, 07:58 AM
I know what you mean about the sound. almost all my ps/2s use them sucks though about how small they are (capacity wise).

patscc
February 13th, 2009, 08:45 AM
Just out of curiosity, what model is the Western Digital drive ?
Microscience made a few that didn't have autopark, that I know of.
patscc

Amigaz
February 13th, 2009, 08:48 AM
just out of curiosity, what model is the western digital drive ?
Microscience made a few that didn't have autopark, that i know of.
Patscc

wd1007

patscc
February 13th, 2009, 08:55 AM
I think that's the controller. Power-off autopark is a function of the drive. Do you have the drive's model number ?
patscc

Amigaz
February 13th, 2009, 09:11 AM
I think that's the controller. Power-off autopark is a function of the drive. Do you have the drive's model number ?
patscc

I'll see if I can find a model number on it but I'll have to do it at later time since I don't want to remove the case cover right now....I've already removed it lots of times :p

vwestlife
February 13th, 2009, 09:23 AM
I'll see if I can find a model number on it but I'll have to do it at later time since I don't want to remove the case cover right now....I've already removed it lots of times :p
On 5" hard drives the autopark is usually audible when you turn the power off, as a click, a plink, or a buzz. I have a full-height 5" Seagate 1.2GB SCSI drive and its autopark makes a very noticeable CLICK! when you turn the power off. It also makes the same loud click upon power-on when it spins up to speed and the parking lock unlatches.

IBM's full-height ESDI drives (as used in early PS/2s) make a funny "TINK-Tink-tink-tink" pin-dropping sound when the parking lock unlatches. :) I opened one up, and yes, that is actually the sound of the heads bouncing around! :eek:

patscc
February 13th, 2009, 09:40 AM
vwestlife said...up to speed and the parking lock unlatches.

That's probably your best acoustic clue, since they take forever to spin up, and then the load unlatching noise. I'd completely forgotten about that.
patscc

Amigaz
February 13th, 2009, 10:17 AM
On 5" hard drives the autopark is usually audible when you turn the power off, as a click, a plink, or a buzz. I have a full-height 5" Seagate 1.2GB SCSI drive and its autopark makes a very noticeable CLICK! when you turn the power off. It also makes the same loud click upon power-on when it spins up to speed and the parking lock unlatches.

IBM's full-height ESDI drives (as used in early PS/2s) make a funny "TINK-Tink-tink-tink" pin-dropping sound when the parking lock unlatches. :) I opened one up, and yes, that is actually the sound of the heads bouncing around! :eek:

Ahh....that click is very audible here when I start or shut down the machine :)

frozenfire75i
February 13th, 2009, 10:19 AM
the auto park in my IBM 5170 AT with a type 20 drive sound more like thunk really audible makes you think the hard drive just broke!


Ahh....that click is very audible here when I start or shut down the machine :)