Subject: Re: next68k port status?
To: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
From: Brian Willoughby <>
List: port-next68k
Date: 10/16/2003 17:50:30
[  Yes, I'm talking about the big (six inch?) things that stored about a
[  quarter gig.

5 1/4" (but they are 6" long)

[  And how things have changed.  At the time that quarter gig was a _lot_
[  of space.  I knew someone who kept his (not-a-)floptical mounted
[  routinely in order to have lots of spare space kicking around.

What's amazing is that the original NeXT configuration only had the MO  
disk(s).   Talk about slow!  Eventually, they started including a 100 MB SCSI  
drive for swap, which boosted performance quite a bit.  These 68030 systems  
earned NeXT a reputation for "slow."

The 68040 machines all shipped with a SCSI drive as the primary, and MO was an  
option for removable storage.  Some commercial software even shipping on MO!

I developed a bad habit of using MO for offline storage (especially downloads)  
until I learned the hard way that alignment between drives - and even  
alignment on the same drive over a number years - can make it difficult to  
impossible to retreive data.  At least that was my most recent experience.

Brian Willoughby
Sound Consulting