Photo: Red Hill.
Western Digital 95044A
The 95044A was identical to the 93044A except for a factory-fitted 5.25" mounting bracket, which seemed quite pointless given that fit-any-drive third-party mounting brackets were (and still are) readily available for a few dollars. For some incomprehensible reason, the bracket was designed to be almost impossible to remove without special tools.
Like the Tandon drives before them, the Western Digital 93044A/95044A twins used a peculiar fastening method for the top cover, which was simply clipped on: no screws, no tape, just several small, flimsy spring steel clips.
The resulting seal was not very trustworthy: notice all the foreign material that has entered this drive (freshly opened a few seconds before the photograph was taken).
Also note the black stepper motor at lower right and the rail-mounted head assembly. The old, slow, unreliable stepper drives were about to disappear forever, and these Western Digital units were their not-particularly-grand finale.
|Data rate||7.8 Mbit/sec||Spin rate||3329 RPM|
|Platter capacity||21.6MB||Interface||IDE mode 0|
|AT drive type||17||Form||3.5" half-height|
|93044A/95044A||43.2MB||4 thin-film heads|