Photo: Red Hill.
Old reliable. Allowing for market growth over the years, the ST-225 was undoubtedly the best-selling hard drive of all time, as astonishing in its own way as the Z-80 was in its.
The ST-225 was the single most common 20MB drive, and certainly the longest lived. It set the pattern for what would become the traditional, almost the inevitable, entry-level Seagate: a surprisingly low price, ugly styling, modest but reasonable performance, and outstanding reliability.
Incredibly, we would still see ST-225s once in a blue moon right up to the end of the century, fifteen or twenty years old by then, and going just as strong as ever.
Together with the even older 5MB ST-506, the ST-412 pioneered the ST-412/506 (MFM) interface. The ST-225 was the drive that, more than any other, made it reliable and affordable.
|Data rate||5 Mbit/sec||Spin rate||3600 RPM|
|AT drive type||2||Form||5.25" half-height|
A note about confusing model names.
Seagate now refers to old drives like the ST-225 as "ST225" without the hyphen. Seagate started using model numbers sans hyphen in about 1991 or '92 — the first Seagate 40MB IDE was the ST-157 but the last one was the ST351.
But watchout! Seagate publications continued sometimes adding and sometimes not adding a hyphen after the "ST" for more than a decade, so if you are searching, key in both forms. For these pages, I take the form written on the drive itself as the final authority.)