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  1. Well, I ran a stop sign once and nothing bad...

    Well, I ran a stop sign once and nothing bad happened... nonetheless, I still stop at stop signs.

    I would advise running old drives on their side for an extended period to try to redistribute...
  2. Note that the manuals for early Seagate drives...

    Note that the manuals for early Seagate drives limit vertical installation to mean on it's side, but not on either end.

    And I can confirm from experience that you don't want to store or run early...
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    Poll: Actually, 386DX predated 386SX by over 2 years,...

    Actually, 386DX predated 386SX by over 2 years, so your "period correct" versions may not be in the correct order.
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    Further down in your stason.org link with the HD...

    Further down in your stason.org link with the HD parameters is the following statement:

    Drive Type
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    7000 Series drives incorporate a dynamic configuration algorithm.
    Within limits...
  5. Also, according to the spec sheet you linked, the...

    Also, according to the spec sheet you linked, the drive wants a write precompensation (WPC) setting of 65535, which is the same as "no WPC". According to here drive Type 2 sets WPC to 300. You...
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    Years ago (decades now, actually) I was suffering...

    Years ago (decades now, actually) I was suffering a vicious case of "tennis elbow" tendonitis in my right elbow that defied treatment, could not figure out the cause. Finally realized it was hurting...
  7. Did the format ever finish? If so, does the...

    Did the format ever finish? If so, does the drive boot, and what does chkdsk report? If you aborted the format, maybe try just letting it keep grinding away to see if it will complete.

    Where...
  8. Thread: eBay humor

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    Here's another amusing listing - got to be the...

    Here's another amusing listing - got to be the nastiest motherboards I've ever seen:
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  9. You're right - the CL ad erroneously calls it a...

    You're right - the CL ad erroneously calls it a "supercomputer", but according to Wikipedia it's actually just a "deskside high-performance workstation designed by Cray Inc., based on the x86-64...
  10. How about a Cray? ...

    How about a Cray?

    https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/sys/d/seattle-cray-cx1-supercomputer/6858490860.html
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    Per WinWorld: "Microsoft DOS 3.2 is the first...

    Per WinWorld: "Microsoft DOS 3.2 is the first release offered as a "vanilla" boxed set directly to consumers, instead of just OEMs". So there was no "off the shelf" version of MS-DOS 2.1. Zaisan...
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    Drive A: goes on the end of the cable, after the...

    Drive A: goes on the end of the cable, after the twist. B: goes before the twist. Both of the drives need to be jumpered as the second drive; it's the cable twist that switches the drive at the end...
  13. I have an Abit IS-7 socket 478 MB from about...

    I have an Abit IS-7 socket 478 MB from about 2003. Has the Intel 865PE chipset. Comes with 3.0 gHz P4, 1 gig HyperX DDR400 RAM. Don't really know anything about how it OC's, never tried.

    Also...
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    Accessing the bearing would probably require...

    Accessing the bearing would probably require complete disassembly of the spindle and platters, so unless you've got a clean room the answer is no - I mean, you are correct, there is no good way to...
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    Could just be a bearing with dried out lubricant....

    Could just be a bearing with dried out lubricant. Try running it on it's side for a while, sometimes that re-distributes what lube is left. I advise against running it upside down though; the...
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    Yes, the clip provides grounding to the spindle &...

    Yes, the clip provides grounding to the spindle & platters for anti-static. You could just remove it temporarily to see if it's the noise source.
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    If the "shoe" thing you're describing looks like...

    If the "shoe" thing you're describing looks like this:

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    Then it's the spindle brake. It's designed to push a brake shoe against the spindle when power is removed from the drive. The shoe...
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    Cool, I have a unicorn. Not sure if it's running...

    Cool, I have a unicorn. Not sure if it's running at zero WS or not...
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    Well, in cursory testing / benchmarking, it seems...

    Well, in cursory testing / benchmarking, it seems my VLB MB (Biostar MB-1425/33/40/50UCV-D) runs completely stable at 50 mHz bus speed with a 486DX-50, VLB video (#9 Vision 330) and VLB controller...
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    I always ran my Biostar VLB board with a...

    I always ran my Biostar VLB board with a 486DX2-66, so I guess the bus was at 33 mHz. I might dig it out and configure it to run my DX-50, using VLB disk controller and video, just to see what...
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    PC Chips was notorious for these kind of...

    PC Chips was notorious for these kind of shenanigans. See my post regarding the PC Chips M590 with the 100mhz bus that wasn't:
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  22. How about an Intel Paragon XP/E supercomputer? A...

    How about an Intel Paragon XP/E supercomputer? A scaled-up version of this was apparently declared the "world's most powerful supercomputer" in 1993. Could be a bargain at $4500 on Seattle CL:
    ...
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    So apparently my experience was not unique. ...

    So apparently my experience was not unique. Probably best to avoid running/storing old HDD's upside down.
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    Installation instructions for drives of that era...

    Installation instructions for drives of that era often allow right-side up and sideways orientations, but not upside-down. I have a cautionary tale as to why that may be:

    I had a Seagate ST-412...
  25. TI99/4A on Seattle CL: ...

    TI99/4A on Seattle CL:

    https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/sys/d/poulsbo-ti99-4a-home-computer/6815354878.html

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