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Re: 8 GB Flash drive formatted at 3.7 GB



On Fri, 2009-12-25 at 15:27 -0800, 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.

Concurrent with Jaz drives were 1.5 GB SyQuest SyJet drives.  Superior
technology, IIRC, bigger, faster, more reliable than Jaz.  I just took
one out of service in a home machine, though I haven't really used it in
quite a while.

> >
> > 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.)

Hi, Joanne--haven't seen you around in a while 8^).

-- 
                Matthew Saltzman

Clemson University Math Sciences
mjs AT clemson DOT edu
http://www.math.clemson.edu/~mjs


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