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Old November 6, 2012, 01:50 PM
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I have some one HDD from 1987 still in use (a Seagate) and an assortment of Segate, Maxtor, WD from 1991 on and all are functioning fine and some that have been sitting on shelves still boot into their original OSes (DOS/WFW, OS/2, Coherent, etc). I Also have some QIC-80 format tapes dating back to 1991. Some are perfect, one or two have degraded and would need reformatting. It's very much a matter of the quality of the production run at the time. Sadly, older devices seem to have greater longevity but I suspect that's a matter of companies not wanting to build to last so they can sell more rather than an aspect of today's technology.
Obsolescence is just a lack of imagination.
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