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    Holy Hard Drives, Batman!!

    Does anyone want $3400 worth of MFM Hard Drives. (Not Mine, unfortunately)
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/MFM-Hard-Dri...item232cd847b5
    Last edited by ibmapc; July 5, 2013, 09:46 PM.

    #2
    Too bad that they're Kaloks. Not the best of manufacturers and really wretched before they went bankrupt.
    Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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      #3
      Kind of cool you can still find NIB drives that old. Wonder why the owner never used them, they must have cost quite a bit new.
      What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
      Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
      Boxed apps and games for the above systems
      Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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        #4
        Originally posted by Unknown_K View Post
        Kind of cool you can still find NIB drives that old. Wonder why the owner never used them, they must have cost quite a bit new.
        He probably figured he was better off just putting them on the shelf rather than deal with all those warranty returns; no, I doubt that they cost that much new, if you could even sell them.

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          #5
          If it's not apparent, these are 20MB 3.5" MFM drives and probably also bear the Octagon brand. These were really, really awful and mostly purchased by OEMs because they were really, really cheap and would barely last until the warranty on the system was up. Manufacture was in that great technological hotbed, the Philippines. As if that weren't bad enough, their last drives were manufactured in that other hardware hotbed of innovation and quality, Chennai/Madras, India.

          After Kalok went belly-up in 1994, Jugi Tandon picked up pieces and set up JTS in--guess where--Chennai. JTS was probably the worst drive that I ever had the misfortune to own--not that Kalok was significantly better.

          You really, really, don't want these. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they're factory refurbs.
          Last edited by Chuck(G); July 5, 2013, 11:16 PM.
          Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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            #6
            I noticed in one of the pictures there is an entry in the error list. At least the maker was willing to be up front about that one. Still, I think I can find better things to spend 3400 bucks on!!

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              #7
              They had to be - known defects are entered before low-level formating. Some drives just came with a typed-up list on a piece of paper.

              I had one those drives in a 5160 at work. Even in 1989 we knew they were unreliable.
              IBM 5170/5053, 2 x 5150/5051
              Sun IPC, Ultra1 and SPARCclassic
              HP Apollo 9000/735
              Silicon Graphics Indy, O2
              Radio Shack TRS-80 model 100
              Apple Mac Plus

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                #8
                Speaking of crazy people selling stuff on ebay for a lot of money, check out this one:

                http://www.ebay.com/itm/MS-Dos-33-19...-/221250441252

                Bill Gates could only dream of these prices for his stuff.
                GEEKS WITH A GRUDGE!

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                  #9
                  You think you spotted something? Think again:

                  http://www.ebay.com/itm/270944850477?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p398 4.m1423.l2649


                  I only wish it were true 'cause I've got a box of these in my basement. NIB, NOS, still shrinkwrapped.
                  PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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                    #10
                    Can't argue about the quality and performance of Kaloks or JTS hard drives but believe it or not I have a JTS-C1300-2AF 1.3GB hard drive which has been running Windows 95 since 1997. That's 16 years, with 12 years continues running for 24 hours 7 days a week and it's still running. Never gave any faults or bad sectors. Other more and better renowned hard drive brands have failed me after about 5 years of non continues use.
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                    Old Systems - Osborne 1 by 2, Amstrad CPC6128, Amiga 500+ with 1084S Monitor , Pentium 1 by 4 (OEM), Pentium III (OEM)

                    MATTER CAN NEITHER BE CREATED NOR DESTROYED - Albert Einstein

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Stone View Post
                      Aw, darn; they won't ship to Canada

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Frans View Post
                        Can't argue about the quality and performance of Kaloks or JTS hard drives but believe it or not I have a JTS-C1300-2AF 1.3GB hard drive which has been running Windows 95 since 1997.
                        You were bound to get lucky once in a while, maybe when the supervisor was sober and actually inspected one... If working Kaloks or JTSs were collectors' items its rarity would make it worth more than the MS-DOS above.

                        The only JTS drive I ever bought (for myself, fortunately, not a customer) lasted 2 weeks; I didn't even bother to get a warranty replacement. Probably still around somewhere.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by MikeS View Post
                          You were bound to get lucky once in a while, maybe when the supervisor was sober and actually inspected one... If working Kaloks or JTSs were collectors' items its rarity would make it worth more than the MS-DOS above.

                          The only JTS drive I ever bought (for myself, fortunately, not a customer) lasted 2 weeks; I didn't even bother to get a warranty replacement. Probably still around somewhere.

                          Most probably it's just luck as you say but 16 years and still running must be a lot of luck. I didn't intend to say the drives are good or a collectors item, I only wanted to outline my personal experience.
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                          Old Systems - Osborne 1 by 2, Amstrad CPC6128, Amiga 500+ with 1084S Monitor , Pentium 1 by 4 (OEM), Pentium III (OEM)

                          MATTER CAN NEITHER BE CREATED NOR DESTROYED - Albert Einstein

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                            #14

                            Originally Posted by Stone
                            You think you spotted something? Think again:

                            http://www.ebay.com/itm/270944850477?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p398 4.m1423.l2649


                            Originally posted by MikeS View Post
                            Aw, darn; they won't ship to Canada
                            Maybe not, but I will.
                            PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Stone View Post
                              You think you spotted something? Think again:

                              http://www.ebay.com/itm/270944850477?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p398 4.m1423.l2649


                              I only wish it were true 'cause I've got a box of these in my basement. NIB, NOS, still shrinkwrapped.
                              You selling any of them?

                              I was looking for a NIB copy to add to my collection.
                              GEEKS WITH A GRUDGE!

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