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#1 8bitguy1 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:03 PM

Hi All,

I'm wondering about the reliability and longevity of syquest cartridges as used on the Atari. Any comments or thoughts? Anyone still using them?

#2 atarian1 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:52 PM

I still have my family of Syquest drives from the big 200MB 5.25" drives to the 270MB 3.5" drives. They still work great! No data loss yet. My units range from 15-20 years old. My original 44MB drive went bad because I left the cartridge in the drive too long (years!), so I guess the head got stuck or something. Amazingly, the cartridge still worked though! (when I used it on a working drive)

Unfortunately, the EZ135 and Flyer 230 drives were not that well built, so those tend to have problems like flying drive heads. I don't know what's worse - flying drive heads or Iomega's click of death. (I still avoid Iomega products like a plague. Yes, I hold a grudge. :mad: )

Stick with the legacy drives, and you generally won't have a problem. Syquest Legacy drives are the 44, 88, 200MB 5.25" drives and the 105, 270MB 3.5" drives.

#3 8bitguy1 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:49 AM

Thanks, can you use any of them in the Megafile 44? I'd guess that you can, but you never know....

#4 atarian1 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:47 PM

No. The Megafile 44 will only use the original 5.25" 44MB cartridges.

I actually replaced my original dead 44MB mechanism with a 200MB mechanism and it works great. The 200MB mechanism can read and write 44MB, 88MB and 200MB cartridges.

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#5 8bitguy1 OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:18 AM

Ah thanks, good to know. I will stay with the 44MB ones then. Upgrading at this point seems to cost a fortune just to find one....

#6 8bitguy1 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:45 PM

I'm still using my Syquest with no issues, but I'm wondering if the noise the unit makes is normal.  It's particularly loud and it's particularly loud especially by today's standards.  Is that normal or do I have a bunked fan?

 

Thanks....



#7 atarian1 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:26 AM

Yes, the Syquest drives (and many older hard drives) are quite noisy. I remember when I first got my first Syquest (which was also my first hard drive), I was surprised by the noise. This is from someone coming from a floppy only system where it only makes noise when it reads/writes to a floppy. Now it was a constant whirring noise that sometimes got to me. :(  I swear it eventually affected my hearing but it could have been work related noise too, but I digress...

 

You could try to change the fan to reduce the noise a bit, but the hard drive noise will still be there.






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