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Latest vintage computing ebay scores
« on: August 29, 2017, 02:13:50 am »
Got myself a brand new Castlewood Orb Drive for AUD$35. While it's not strictly "vintage", it's quite an unusual bit of kit and wasn't overly popular. The company didn't last long.

 

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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2017, 08:33:46 am »
Got myself a brand new Castlewood Orb Drive for AUD$35. While it's not strictly "vintage", it's quite an unusual bit of kit and wasn't overly popular. The company didn't last long.

Nice, I actually saw a few of those in the printing industry back in the 90's when I was servicing Power Computing Mac clones.

Btw, is this topic where we all post our latest vintage eBay purchases?
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2017, 08:23:30 pm »
Btw, is this topic where we all post our latest vintage eBay purchases?

Yes please. :-)
 

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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2017, 08:57:04 pm »
picked up one of these new-old-stock 8" NEC drives off ebay, so we can experiment with, possibly to create some hardware to read out the data off SMD drives for archiving/recovering data.

they are listed for £50 but the seller accepted £25
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2017, 09:07:31 pm »
Btw, is this topic where we all post our latest vintage eBay purchases?

Yes please. :-)

Awesome!  :-+

I bagged a 360k external drive for my Tandy 1000ex for $32. Taken me many months to find one so I'm stoked.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/182727275012
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2017, 09:59:24 pm »
I bagged a 360k external drive for my Tandy 1000ex for $32. Taken me many months to find one so I'm stoked.

Nice one, in a box and everything! Looks to be in very good condition.
 

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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2017, 10:17:43 pm »
I bagged a 360k external drive for my Tandy 1000ex for $32. Taken me many months to find one so I'm stoked.

Nice one, in a box and everything! Looks to be in very good condition.

Yeah it's been nicely stored and well looked after - the gent who sold it to me is 73 and retired. He had the mother of all 1000 EX's from back in the day, he even had a rare external Hard Drive for it + the 720kb external floppy. I wanted it but couldnt justify a 2nd EX no matter how cool it was!

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Tandy-1000-EX-/182727247733?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=opuH%252B4pk33hInwltydb8FzUWuIA%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc
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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2017, 10:24:47 pm »
This wasnt via eBay but via the annual Melbourne C= & Amiga User Group auction, HP SCSI DVD-ROM drive for $10!  :wtf: The SCSI cable I needed for to work on my SE cost me double that!   ;D

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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2017, 11:56:35 pm »
picked up one of these new-old-stock 8" NEC drives off ebay

That's a whopper! Amazing it's still NOS. The biggest drives I have are full-height 5-1/4".
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« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2017, 08:05:02 am »
picked up one of these new-old-stock 8" NEC drives off ebay

That's a whopper! Amazing it's still NOS. The biggest drives I have are full-height 5-1/4".

yes, been sat dormant for 31 years, hopefully they have been stored and treated properly! the seller has 'more than 10 available' according to ebay:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/253049784698

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« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2017, 05:36:08 pm »
Being new they're probably fine. A formerly running drive tends to seize when put into storage.
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« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2017, 06:58:01 am »
picked up one of these new-old-stock 8" NEC drives off ebay, so we can experiment with, possibly to create some hardware to read out the data off SMD drives for archiving/recovering data.
they are listed for £50 but the seller accepted £25
Thank you for pointing that out  :-+
It could be fun for a PDP-11 replica project.
I bought 3 drives at £25.

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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2017, 06:20:40 am »
picked up one of these new-old-stock 8" NEC drives off ebay, so we can experiment with, possibly to create some hardware to read out the data off SMD drives for archiving/recovering data.
they are listed for £50 but the seller accepted £25
Thank you for pointing that out  :-+
It could be fun for a PDP-11 replica project.
I bought 3 drives at £25.

If one of us finds information about this drive, we could talk about it here

great, hopefully you can make use of them. we have not tried ours yet.

it arrived with a small dent in the bottom cover that protects the PCB but other than that it looks brand new and the shipping lock was in in the locked position too which is a good sign.

we just need to build a PSU for it, they need a butt load of rails!
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Re: Latest vintage computing ebay scores
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2017, 12:01:24 am »
picked up one of these new-old-stock 8" NEC drives off ebay, so we can experiment with, possibly to create some hardware to read out the data off SMD drives for archiving/recovering data.

they are listed for £50 but the seller accepted £25

Very cool!  When I bought my first AT style PC (286), I was running some old 8" drives.  I think I still have the manuals for them.   These were 80MB each. 
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« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2017, 02:40:23 am »
Hey, my 286 is in the same case. :-+
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« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2017, 07:40:49 am »
picked up one of these new-old-stock 8" NEC drives off ebay, so we can experiment with, possibly to create some hardware to read out the data off SMD drives for archiving/recovering data.

they are listed for £50 but the seller accepted £25

Very cool!  When I bought my first AT style PC (286), I was running some old 8" drives.  I think I still have the manuals for them.   These were 80MB each.

nice, classic clone case... we had one too, i think it started as a 286 as well. Interesting you were running 8" disks though, i am sure we had a 5.25" HH, but then it was probably only 20mb

see if you can spot the manuals, you never know they might be the ones for the the NEC D2246 we just bought  >:D
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« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2017, 12:20:35 pm »
I think the two floppy drives in the PC were made by TEAC.  One of these was a quad density.  This drive could store 720K on a low density disk.   One of the two external floppy drives was a HD the other was the new 3.5".  Upper right, you can just see the 20M Irwin tape drive.   

At some point, I bought a 386 accelerator card for the this computer.  I think it plugged into the 286 socket and took one card slot.  There was an article in one of the trade mags back then that had the design for one.
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« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2017, 08:46:41 am »
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« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2017, 09:45:13 am »
Altos... now there is a name i haven't heard in a while!

If you are interested in Alto's, you've gotta watch this full restoration series, it's pr0n for Electronics & Vintage computing enthusiasts imo.  :-+

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« Reply #21 on: October 05, 2017, 01:01:13 pm »
 :-+

by Altos i was meaning Altos Computer Systems

but those videos from Curious Marc are all well worth a watch though if others haven't seen them, it look a lot of effort to get it fully restored

Altos... now there is a name i haven't heard in a while!

If you are interested in Alto's, you've gotta watch this full restoration series, it's pr0n for Electronics & Vintage computing enthusiasts imo.  :-+

https://youtu.be/YupOC_6bfMI
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« Reply #22 on: October 05, 2017, 09:01:29 pm »
Lol, I had to look that system up as i'd never heard of it before.  :palm:

That restoration series is great, I love the logic analyzer rig they had setup to trouble shoot it, amazing stuff!

:-+

by Altos i was meaning Altos Computer Systems

but those videos from Curious Marc are all well worth a watch though if others haven't seen them, it look a lot of effort to get it fully restored

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« Reply #23 on: October 06, 2017, 12:46:16 am »
Yes, Curious Marc has some amazing restoration videos.  One of the guys helping in the Altos Restoration is Ken Shirriff who has an interesting blog: http://www.righto.com/
 
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« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2017, 09:34:44 pm »
Got myself a brand new Castlewood Orb Drive for AUD$35. While it's not strictly "vintage", it's quite an unusual bit of kit and wasn't overly popular. The company didn't last long.

Nice, I actually saw a few of those in the printing industry back in the 90's when I was servicing Power Computing Mac clones.

It came out in 1999... less than a year of the 90s were left when it first came out. I'm confused.

I was a HW tech from '97 to 2001 so  nothing to be confused about.
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