When Seagate initially developed the ST1 onerous drive household of units in 2004, they have been outstanding little critters. Measuring only a bit bigger than a standard Compact Flash media card, the ST1 was a full-fledged 3600 rpm platter spinnin’ onerous drive. Armed with a big 2MB cache buffer and a mean search time of 16 ms, the ST1 was stoked with Seagate’s RunOn (the heads are compelled to remain on monitor) and G-Power Safety (the heads are faraway from the platter throughout energy down) applied sciences. But, the ST1 sported a Kind II Compact Flash interface.
All of those fancy options got here at a value, although, to the tune of round $300 every.
Now, maintain on to your hat, as a result of you’ll be able to nonetheless discover the ST1, however at an alarming value discount of $280. Sure, our good mates at BG Micro are promoting the Seagate 5GB ST1 drive (Mannequin ST650211CF) for $13.50. Whereas that’s a fairly good value for a 5GB Compact Flash card, consider all the additional advantages that you just get with a classic ST1 versus a typical CF card: you can take it aside and expose the true platters and heads or substitute a 2.5-inch onerous drive with this one-inch onerous drive (you’ll additionally want an SATA-to-CF interface). Who is aware of, you may end up pining for the halcyon days of 2004.