BeebMaster - Technomatic Winchester Disc

Technomatic
Winchester
Disc



With the lid off, we can see the Winchester Disc itself which occupies the top half of the casing.

The disc is a Seagate ST225, a 20MB Winchester Disc. It is known as a 5" half-height drive due to its physical size.

The interface used by this hard disc is ST506, a forerunner to SCSI.

In the 1980s, in contrast to nowadays, hard discs were very rarely physically perfect when they were sold and so on the front they had a Defect List which identified the bad sectors on the disc to be mapped out by the user at the formatting stage. This is a pretty good one with only one error.