1995 Drive of the Year
Photo: Red Hill.
Seagate Decathlon 850
One of the all-time great hard drives.
The Decathlon 850 was the fastest IDE hard drive in the world for a long, long time. It was very small, very cute, and very, very fast.
Decathlon drives were designed as high-end, high-performance products. With their unusual double-sided circuit board, they were quite expensive to manufacture — but because Seagate had, for some reason, neglected to produce an everyday bread and butter drive in this size class, Seagate either had to sacrifice hard-earned market share, or else sell these high-speed premium drives at mass-market prices. That is what Seagate they did, and we were more than happy to use hundreds of them.
Like the Medalist 1080, the Decathlon 850 had a dual-drive emulation jumper.
The Decathlon was a long-lived drive. We often used to see one in mainstream working machines up until close to the end of the century (well after most other drives of the same age had been retired), and even much later than that it remained a useful item.
|Data rate||61.7 Mbit/sec||Spin rate||5376 RPM|
|Form||3½" slimline||Interface||IDE mode 4|
|ST5850A||854.7MB||4 thin-film heads||*****|