Does anyone have a 20 year old HD that still works?
What's the oldest HD you have that still works?
Has anyone experienced HD degradation after leaving it unused for an extended period of time (how long did you leave it unused between it working and then not working?)?
SAMSUNG WINNER-3 WN32163A 2.1GB
It's the oldest one our QA team regularly uses in the development of Atola imagers 🙂 These ancient drives are an invariable part of the regression testing process performed before every software release.
Interestingly enough, numbers 2 and 3 would be:
2. Seagate ST_M13FQBL 4GB
3. QUANTUM FIREBALL CX13.0A 13GB
I have a pile of old drives used for various testing purposes. The oldest is from 1992 and still works ok although it is rarely used. Most of them were acquired for the development of ATATool. I would recommend eBay as a good source of old equipment but a couple of trips hunting old computers at the local council recycling centre were also useful.
We have a functional Toshiba 2.5" HDD from circa 1993.
Apparently, Japanese tech lasts long. Unlike Cupertinian tech.
I have a (beloved) Samsung 4.3 GB 1997 or 1998, that actually developed (when in use, circa 2002/2003) a number of bad sectors, so in my simplicity I created three partitions in it, manually avoiding the two zones where all the bad sectors were and put it back to work, it worked flawlessly for some more 3-4 years (until I had to change the actual PC).
From time to time I still happen to check if it is working (via en el-cheapo IDE to USB adapter), I have a number of DOS tools that surely I also have a copy of *somewhere else* (but cannot remember where) and last year it did still work.
Yes, tons, mostly from data recovery with the PC-3000