Retro Floppy disc reader?

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Retro Floppy disc reader?

Post by HomicidalBarber » Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:26 pm

Hey, I was working on the older computers at the school my mom works at and I was digging in the bin of random cables when I came across this...

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It looks like one of those floppy disc readers from when I was like 5. Can anyone clarify this for me. Anyone else have any old computer stuff? Sorry for mediocre picture quality also.

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Post by benheck » Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:31 pm

Yeah the early/first PC CD-ROMS used trays like this. Circa 1989-1994 ish.

We had these when I was in high school, though everything was mostly Apple. The few PC's had disks such as these.
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Post by bicostp » Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:47 pm

Ah the disc caddy. Memories... :P

Basically you put the CD in it label side up, closed the case, then slid the whoke shebang into the computer. My old Quadra used to grab them after you slid them about 3/4 the way in. It also used to push the cady back out a bit for you when you drag the disc to the Trash (to unmount and remove it).

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Post by Extreme_Jesus » Sun Aug 27, 2006 2:14 pm

i had one of those once, its was in my P1 133Mhz back in the ninties

recored at a 1.2x or super fast 2x :lol:

i can still remember making mix CD's back then though

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Post by im_an_alien » Sun Aug 27, 2006 5:25 pm

I think they used those when I was in like first grade (wow, my school used such old stuff :P)
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Post by MM007 » Mon Aug 28, 2006 2:06 pm

We used a few of those too, in my day...before that, we used classic Macs. ^^*
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Post by blackbox_dev » Mon Aug 28, 2006 2:10 pm

When I was in Gr. 2 there was an old 80386 (or 80486, can't remember) PC running Windows 3.1 that used these. Not that I knew what it was for though at the time. :P
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Post by im_an_alien » Mon Aug 28, 2006 5:59 pm

I'm not sure what they used when I was in second grade... I just remember that it was totally obsolete. It had ASCII graphics for everything (ASCII GUI!!!), and it had an amazing 5 colors or so! :P
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Post by Indigno » Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:08 pm

Wow. I have like two of those but I can't find any of the caddies. I always remember that I could never get them to open and had to pry them open with a screwdriver. Wow, there's one legacy technology that I am not sad to see go out the window.
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Post by Sparkfist » Mon Aug 28, 2006 7:34 pm

Looks a little like waht I got from an aquantance. It's an external removable hard drive, where the hard drives are in cartridges and you put them in like a floppy. The only problem is that they're 80MB which I don't know how I can fill that massive of hard drive, and it uses a SCSI connection of which I don't have in my computer.

It's a shame the original idea for the Playstation (SNES addon) failed otherwise that kind of CD-Rom encloser would be far more difussed in the market. The only time I've seen anything like that today is with my DVD-RAM. I know no one's ever heard of it, but it uses a cartridge like that to keep the disc from getting dusty or scratched.
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Post by im_an_alien » Mon Aug 28, 2006 7:40 pm

Kind-of reminds me of UMDs...
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