Photo: Red Hill.
Lapine Titan 3532
Lapine made modest volumes of very high-quality drives which were presumably quite expensive.
Lapine hard drives were certainly beautifully engineered. Notice the care that has gone into sculpting the casting (upper left) and the unique spring-loaded brass rods (centre) which lift the heads safely off the surface to provide a shock resistance system which was not matched by the mainstream brands until early the following century.
Surviving documentation on the Lapine models is sparse: my assumption is that the 3532 illustrated was most likely an RLL version of the better-known 20MB Lapine LT200.
Lapine still exists, curiously enough. (As of 2022.) These days the company sells ruggedised external drives. They are quite expensive and I've never bought one just to pull it apart and see what they put inside, but economies of scale pretty much ensure that it will be the working core of a drive from one of the big manufacturers. Whether they really are extra rugged I don't know.
|Data rate||7.5 Mbit/sec||Spin rate||3600 RPM|
|Seek time||65ms||Actuator||Dual loop stepper|
|AT drive type||2||Form||3½ inch half height|