Vintage Hardware: The Quantum Bigfoot TS 5.25 Series circa 1998

This baby is high tech!

This baby is high tech!

Back in the day, Quantum came out with their innovative Bigfoot drive series. We used to make fun of them because of their size and speed, but there was a method to the madness – I’m not sure what this method was, but I’m sure the good folks at Quantum had one. This particular model has a 19.2 GB capacity, which, in 1998 was huge. With an average 7.7 MB/sec throughput on NTFS, 4000 RPM, a 10.5 ms seek time, and a 512 KB buffer, these were some sweet drives for the price – around $400.00… my how times have changed. Long Live Moore’s Law!

Have a look at this period review on storagereview.com for more about this drive as well as comparisons with other drives. Apparently, the 19.2 GB Quantum Bigfoot was the largest capacity drive to be in their testbeds at the time the review was written.

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