Woah... why are these old hard drives worth so much?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by poiihy, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. poiihy macrumors 68020

    poiihy

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    I took a peak on ebay and discovered that my 80 MB Quantum ProDrive LPS, in my beige g3, is worth $30-$80!! :eek:
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...rodrive+lp&_nkw=quantum+prodrive+lps&_sacat=0
    That's almost more than than value of the whole machine!

    Not only that, the Quantum Fireball is also worth about $30!
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odk...reball+4gb&_nkw=quantum+fireball+4gb&_sacat=0

    Last... but NOT least... hell no not least at all...
    THE WD CAVIAR 34000 SELLS FOR $80-$190! HOLY CRAP :eek:
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odk...wd+caviar+34000&_nkw=wd+caviar+34000&_sacat=0

    WHY ARE THESE DRIVES SO VALUABLE?!?! :eek: The drives themselves are worth the same, or more, than the entire machine! :eek:
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Because they aren't made any more and therefore are scarce to find in the systems they were commonly used in.
     
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  4. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    1. Check the items that actually sold and I think that you'll find that most of those drives aren't actually selling for that.

    2. AFAIK, 50-pin SCSI drives haven't been made in several years so supplies are dwindling for applications where they are really needed(like 68K and early PPC Macs). I've been experimenting-mostly unsucessfully-with using newer(and larger) 80 pin SCSI drives via adapters although I think a lot of my issue is in using newer adapters.

    All that said, I spent $20 including shipping for a 500mb 50 pin SCSI drive last week. Earlier this year, I bought a big box of hard drives, including several 4gb OEM Apple IDE WD Caviars, a couple of big IDE drives(200gb or so) and a pair of OEM Apple 50-pin SCSI drives(1gb and 2gb) for about $40 including shipping. The deals are out there if you are patient.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/231393300268?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
     
  5. poiihy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    You can still find IDE and SCSI drives that are much newer and better in all ways, and cheaper. It's not like they use a rare proprietary connection bus.
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro....Xide+hard+drive&_nkw=ide+hard+drive&_sacat=0
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odk...scsi+hard+drive&_nkw=scsi+hard+drive&_sacat=0

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    Oh... I see...
    I searched the Caviar 34000s and found none sold, but the Quantum Fireballs were sold for about 10-20. Some were sold for much more but most are 10-20.
    But WOW, the Quantum ProDrives were sold for 20-150! Why do people pay so much for a crappy old drive with so little capacity when they can get a better one that is so much bigger for about the same price?
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odk...odrive+lps&_nkw=quantum+prodrive+lps&_sacat=0
     
  6. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    Most of the "newer and better" SCSI drives you reference are 68 pin or 80 pin. They will work in older computers, but require an adapter(which can be a pain in and of itself, something I'm finding out).
     
  7. poiihy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It would still be worth it to get an adapter.
     
  8. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    Worth it in theory, but the adapters won't necessarily fit all installations. I've also learned the hard way that you have to be careful in selecting an adapter to make sure it can set up the IDs correctly and also needs to be able to terminate(or you need to have a supply of 50 pin external terminators and possibly spare 50 pin cables). I ordered 3, and my first batch were more-or-less a no go with getting them to work in older Macs.

    I have some more adapters on the way, all of which are capable of terminating.

    I'm also only messing around with these because I was able to rescue a dozen and a half 9gb Quantum Fireball 80-pin drives from a lab clean out a month or so back.

    At the moment, I my Macintosh SE is in need of a hard drive. After messing around with the adapters for a while, I decided that the simplest and most expedient way to do fix it was to put the 500mb drive I linked to above in my Quadra 700, and then transfer the OEM 160mb drive from my Quadra to the SE.
     
  9. poiihy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Wow... so people actually do pay great money for these!
    I should sell all mine and replace them with better ones :p
     

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