No I actually pre-dated the rewritable ones. If I recall they came a long a year or two later and needed drive upgrades. When I first started working with this stuff they were WORM (write once read many times) only.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Wesley Furr" <wesley@...> wrote:
> Are your 650Mb ones the PD (or was it "PD/CD" or "PD650"?) variety? The
> rewritable cartridge that would go in a drive that would also read regular
> CD's? A place I used to work apparently got excited about them and had a
> handful of drives, etc, that I don't think anyone ever really used. I have
> one of the drives and probably a dozen discs. Seems like it would have been
> a great technology if it had taken off. Of course CD-R's killed it quickly.
> I came close, but never actually got to see or work on a jukebox. Right out
> of high school I worked for a small local computer company...the county IT
> department put out a request for bid on an HP optical jukebox. In order to
> sell it, for some reason, we had to be able to do repair work on it. I took
> a book or online course or something, then took a test and got certified.
> We won the bid and sold it to them and had it drop-shipped. I guess it
> worked great, as I never had a chance to lay my eyes on it...
> -----Original Message-----
> Wow now that brings back memories. Not that I want the optical disks, I may
> still have some of the 650mb ones and a couple of the 1.3gb ones in a box
> somewhere myself. But memories of giant optical jukeboxes the size of a
> large household refrigerator to store 40gb of data. You'd ask for a file
> and the chunking and banging noise it would make moving platters around to
> put the current optical away and put the new one in. If you were in a data
> center even with all the fan noise you usually could hear from a distance
> someone requesting data. Worse if it was one of the "room" size optical
> jukeboxes that some people used.
> True permanent storage as they were WORM drives and the only legal digital
> archive at the time. I guess it was the early 90's and banks were storing
> their mainframe "greenbar" printed reports on them instead of wasting all
> that 132 column paper and having to pay to keep it at iron mountain, they
> could just store an optical WORM platter.
> Ah. Memories....