31281RE: [midatlanticretro] Re: OT: 1.3 and 2.6 gig MO optical disks
- Jun 14, 2013Are 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...
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.
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