And, in related news, The Register has two articles on a working 28-year-old Seagate ST-412 disk drive from an IBM 5156 PC expansion box. They point out, as I have, that disk drives are not getting faster as fast as they are getting bigger:
The 3TB Barracuda still has one read/write head per platter surface and each head now has 300,000MB to look after, whereas the old ST-412 heads each have just 5MB to look after.Revised 4/12/11 to make clear that the disk drive still works.
The Barracuda will take longer today to read or write an entire platter surface's capacity than the 28-year-old ST-412 will. We have increased capacity markedly but disk I/O has become a bottleneck at the platter surface level, and is set to remain that way. The Register