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martinw
March 29th, 2017, 11:44 PM
Still in pretty good nick after all this time :D

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Stone
March 30th, 2017, 03:20 AM
Hey Martin, looks like you like and use the same utility programs I do... PCTools r4.30 and Norton Utilities AE v4.5. Good choices IMO. :-)

martinw
March 30th, 2017, 03:52 AM
Hi Stone, they came on the hard drive (I've only had the PC for a few weeks), but yes, they do seem to be quite useful programs :)

A-ko
March 30th, 2017, 10:10 AM
Just joined the 30+ year old healthy hard drive club recently as well. Anybody want to make claims to the oldest fully functional HD owner out there? Surely some 70's drives are still at it.

bobba84
March 30th, 2017, 02:35 PM
My 5160 has the exact same drive, with no bad sectors. They must have made ours on a good day!

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I love my XT :) It's my favourite machine. I've had it for about 18 years.

Al Kossow
March 30th, 2017, 02:44 PM
Anybody want to make claims to the oldest fully functional HD owner out there? Surely some 70's drives are still at it.

I have been using a Diablo Model 31 today (14" removable, 2.5mb)

Malc
March 30th, 2017, 09:43 PM
The oldest drive i have is a 20Mb Japanese D5126 in an XT from 1985, Still working and in good shape, All the others i have from the XT era are long deceased.

martinw
March 31st, 2017, 08:04 AM
My 5160 has the exact same drive, with no bad sectors. They must have made ours on a good day!

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I love my XT :) It's my favourite machine. I've had it for about 18 years.

Me too :) (not the 18 years bit but the rest)

Stone
March 31st, 2017, 08:23 AM
I've got an IBM 0665 FH 30 MB drive that's over 30 years old and performs like a champ.

bobba84
April 1st, 2017, 02:19 AM
Me too :) (not the 18 years bit but the rest)

XT's are fun... old enough to make you think you're in the 80's, new enough to do cool thinks like play DOS games :)

It's not my oldest drive though, I have an ST-412 in my 5150 that's older... it also has no bad sectors but the bearings are noisy as.

Flamin Joe
April 2nd, 2017, 03:31 PM
XT's are the best and very much so for sentimental reasons being the very first IBM Compatible PC we owned in the late 80's.

Oldest drive I have would be in my 5160 which I picked up earlier this year. Have no idea if it still runs though as I haven't gotten around to working on it yet. Initial inspection confirms faulty PSU and the motherboard will need caps replaced so it's on a to do list which is a mile long. :D

Oldest known working drive would be a Seagate ST238R I picked up a couple of years ago from the US. New old stock as far as I can tell, came in an original box with controller card and was in pristine condition. Runs beautifully and not a single bad sector. Not bad for a drive that has potentially being sitting idle for 25+ years!

Stone
April 2nd, 2017, 03:44 PM
Initial inspection confirms faulty PSU and the motherboard will need caps replaced...You know it might be just one or the other and not both.

Flamin Joe
April 2nd, 2017, 06:29 PM
You know it might be just one or the other and not both.

No it's definitely both. The PSU is blown (there's a burning smell) so I'd say it's the RIFA that committed suicide. Motherboard I tested with another known working AT PSU, fan didn't stay on until I unplugged P8. That's as far as I got but it's the same symptoms my 5150 had which is now works after replacing the caps just need to sort out a permanent replacement for the PSU.

Casey
April 3rd, 2017, 09:02 PM
The best I can do is the original 10Mb XT hard drive with Xebec controller...