Photo: Red Hill.
A memorable little drive from a company that has long since exited the business. These days, Kyocera is a major manufacturer of laser printers, but it's a long, long time since there was a Kyocera hard drive division. With this particular model Kyocera was obviously successful: KC-20s were quite common in their day and remained around as valuable trade-ins well into the early nineties.
Like so many early drives, you could recognise the KC-20 by sound alone — something you never get with modern drives. The sweet little high-pitched pinging noise the Kyocera's seek mechanism made was unique.
In practical terms, the drives themselves were nothing out of the ordinary: reasonably reliable as MFM drives went, a little on the sluggish side, not very different to a half-dozen others of the same vintage.
|Data rate||5 Mbit/sec||Spin rate||3600 RPM|
|AT drive type||2 or 6||Form||3.5" half-height|
|KC-20B||21MB||4 thin-film heads|