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Re: 8 GB Flash drive formatted at 3.7 GB

On Friday 25 December 2009, jdow wrote:
>From: "TNWestTex" <mcforum bellsouth net>
>Sent: Tuesday, 2009/December/22 13:16
>> Steven Ringwald-3 wrote:
>>> On Mon, 2009-12-21 at 15:29 -0600, Mikkel wrote:
>>>> My experience with ZIP disks was that if they came formatted, or if
>>>> you used the Omega formatting tools, they always had one partition.
>>>> What partition was an indication of what system they were formatted
>>>> for. Windows was partition 4, Linux was partition 1, and I don't
>>>> remember what MAC used. (It might not have used a DOS-type partition
>>>> table.)
>>>> I also remember removable platter SCSI drives that pre-dated ZIP
>>>> drives, but I can not remember what they were called. The didn't have
>>>> nearly as much capacity, and the cartridges were larger. I think I
>>>> still have a couple in storage somewhere...
>>>> I believe you are talking about the IoMega Jaz drive...
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iomega_Jaz
>> Jaz at 1G was a latecomer, Iomega Bernoulli at 44M. several years before
>> Zip
>> drives.
>> Robert McBroom
>And they tripped an interesting chip bug in the Adaptec SCSI chips
>that we were using for the Microbotics hard disk controller for Amigas.
>That was a bastard to track down until somebody smuggled to me the
>Adaptec internal bugs tradeoff sheet for Rev C, D, and E of that chip.
>No, none of them had "no bugs". It was a tradeoff.
>(Otherwise, at the time, that controller and some nice 300 Meg SCSI
>drives from a now defunct manufacturer in The Valley (San Fernando)
>made for the fastest read and write times on disk tests that anybody
>had published for ANY machine mortals could afford.)
>{^_^}   (Yeah, I'm THAT Joanne Dow.)
How about the Trumpcard scsi controllers that had the terminators soldered in 
correctly, but the board traces actually made them backwards, with the 220 
ohmers tied to ground, and the 330's to 5 volts?  I cut the power & ground 
traces on 2 of them and reversed them with wire-wrapping wire.  Two slightly 
different models of that card, both had the same layout mistakes in the 

I think you may have enjoyed the conversation I had with the trumpcard folks, 
who were more lawyers than techs.  The nerve of me, finding fault with one of 
their products. That was the wrong thing to say, and nothing could prevent 
that from pulling my trigger.  Even you may have learned a new word or 
genealogy reference from that one.

Cheers, Gene
"There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty:
 soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order."
-Ed Howdershelt (Author)

If the shoe fits, it's ugly.

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