The submitter wrote: “A co-worker had to test some computer parts and couldn’t be bothered with mounting them ….”
That is, of course, a 5.25″ floppy drive attached to some ancient server, not a hard drive as the title suggests. Not that anyone cares, but this is the internet, after all.
its no hard drive, its floppy 5.25″ !
since when to people test 5 1/4 inch floppy drives was this picture taken in 1990 ?
It’s probably because a lot of the uneducated masses call the case unit a hard drive. I don’t now who started calling it that but he needs a good kick in the head
So what’s wrong with that? I worked in the repair shop for a large school district for a number of years, and we did things like this almost daily! There was no sense mounting the drives for testing, then dismounting them 30 minutes later- waste of time for a temporary setup. As long as it’s not running that way for days or weeks, there’s no problem here.
Where was he testing this thing? The Smithsonian? I see a CRT, A couple of 5.25″ drives and what appears to be a RLL or MFM hard drive… I am going to date this about 1991 or 91
Actually this was taken at my workplace about a month or two ago. That, my friends is a PDP 11/84 rig, and I apologize for mis-naming this as a hard drive, (floppy kickstand would have actually been funnier) it is in fact a 5.25 floppy drive. This is a common scene in the office, I just found this one amusing. If you’re wondering it is a controller for an industrial machine. Yes folks there are still some of these alive and kicking along with some DEC 3000s and Digital UNIX 255, etc. So we have to support anything from PDP-11 all the way up to windows 7.
a LOT of professional equipment is used for its intended purpose for many many years, often through obsolescence of all computer equipment around it. That is why it is actually quite common to see legacy computers (VAX stations, PDP, and so on) even in top scientific and corporate labs.
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