did i just find a 3.2 gig hard drive in my old pc?

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  1. TonyD

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    i just looked at my 5 or 6 year old packard bell that was up in the attic.
    on the side it lists a 3.2 gig hd.
    is that possible?
    it is a seagate dma.

    is this something, if it still works, i could use as a backup drive?
    i was planning on getting A small 20 gig one but even they run around 60-70 bucks.
     
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    39. i bought this about 6 years ago, or maybe longer.

    it seemed odd because in my recent search for a new hd the smallest i saw was a 20 gig at compusa.

    it might seem to be about right now that i think about it.
    i remember when i bought my current pc, 2 years ago, and it came with a 40 gig hd and i thought that was huge. compared to the one before which was 16 gb.
     
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    Heh, my last computer had a 1.2G drive in it. When I bought that it was huge [​IMG]
     
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    >>39.
     
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    I think the smallest hard drive i have is (was) in my old 386 laptop, it was like 500megs. Another i have inside my Pentium 166, thats a 850MB (i also hav a 3 gig one in there too)
     
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    27 here and I remember the good old days... Surfing the
    "Internet" (BBS's) on a wicked fast Tandy-88 8088IBM
    Compatible. Now bear in mind this was the "Deluxe" version
    WITH a hard disk.. The cheaper model had no internal disk
    what-so-ever... That internal disk was a whopping 540K!

    Ohh yes those were the days.. 9600 baud cradle modems and
    less ram than today's processors have as cache! [​IMG]
     
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    this little baby is about 3 Gig, and its fine for surfing, word processing, emails, etc.

    we are thinking about bronzing it this or next year tho [​IMG]
     
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    I remember when the 20mb hard drive for the Amiga was considered 'cool' [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah, I had one of those 20 MB hard drives and was the envy of my friends who were still feeding floppies into their Amigas.

    Then one of my friends bought a 1 GB drive. It didn't fit in the case but stood freely on his desk connected to the machine with nothing but a cable, and the rest of us were green with envy. [​IMG] It was a behemoth, 5.25 inch full-height drive and sounded like a lawnmower, but hey, it was 1 GB! [​IMG]
     
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    Remember, 5 years ago was 1998. Could you even install windows '98 (along with Microsoft Office) on anything less than a gig HD? [​IMG] [​IMG]

    (Flashback Memory): When I first bought my Mac PPC (the first of the PowerPC's) I went to a computer store to buy a game and asked the guy if I needed more than the 16MB's of RAM I had in my machine. His eyes got REALLY BIG and said (in envy) "You have 16MB of MEMORY!!!???"

    [​IMG]
     
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    Rob, I know. I was just being more sarcastic and humerous.
     
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    I remember around 1990 or so my first work "laptop".
    It was a Compaq luggable...looked (and weighed) like a small suitcase, had two 5 1/4 floppies and a whopping 10MB hard disk. I was the envy of my work peers.

    Anyone remember Bernoulli cartridges?

    To answer TonyD, I still have running a Compaq Presario from late 1996, early 1997 with a 3.2GB hard drive. My 4 year old uses it for surfing pbskids.org and some pre-K games. It really came in handy when I needed to reformat my main pc. I was able to temporarily store important files, digital camera pictures, etc. then send them back after the reformat.

    If it still boots up, use it!
     
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    So far, the earliest reference (I could find) to one of the first gigabyte (1GB) hard drives (for consumer use) was in 1995...8 years ago!

    I did find this though:
     
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    Heh, old drives aren't that great anymore. They are so loud compared to the new drives that I don't bother installing them. Who wants to install an old drive that is louder then everything in your new PC nowadays? [​IMG]
     
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    >>Yeah, I had one of those 20 MB hard drives and was the envy of my friends who were still feeding floppies into their Amigas.
     
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