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Old 15th August 2008
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The early 5.25 drives were just awful.
Ehm, so how exactly are the early drives different from the later drives then?
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Ehm, so how exactly are the early drives different from the later drives then?
Two things: capacity and reliability. The earliest ones I remember held 160K, which is not enough to be useful. They also had terrible problems with data integrity and media reliability.

The 8" ones were much better; the later 5.25" drives were fine. But it took a while for them to settle down.
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Speaking of drives. The hard drives I dealt with were on spindles with so many individual platters. Sometimes just one, up to 8 or so. When you "swapped platters", you took a plastic case that screwed onto the top of the spindle and you pulled the whole thing out, then screwed another spindle in.

Once in a while, you had to align the heads using a scope, being careful not to let your tie slip into the spinning platter while you nudged the heads by hand. Of course, you did clean your platters regularly, right?
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I never had to do that.

My earliest memory for hard drives was the original Seagate ST-506 -- all 5MB worth. That formed the basis ultimately for the IDE interface. We instead got a killer 20MB Fujitsu that was a speed demon; its seeks sounded like popping corn.
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You missed the "Eventually" in "Eventually, I ended up using Gentoo for three years (three years too long)." I didn't start using Gentoo until June of 2005. I migrated my desktop to FreeBSD in March, 2008. I still kept Gentoo installed in a virtual machine until June, 2008. I don't have Linux installed on any of my systems anymore.

You misunderstood the statement "I had used FreeBSD on and off with Linux since version 5.3." That means that I had FreeBSD installed alongside Linux on my desktop starting with version 5.3.
aha..now i get it..i should learn english better...
sorry for my mistake..
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