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Re: OT: 1.3 and 2.6 gig MO optical disks

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  • corey986
    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
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      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.

      Cheers,
      Corey

      --- In midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com, "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.
      >
      > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phase-change_Dual
      >
      > 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...
      >
      > Wesley
      >
      >
      > -----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....
      >
      > Cheers,
      > Corey
      >
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