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Seagate ST3290A (ST-3290A)

Photo: Red Hill.

Seagate ST3290A

The 260MB Seagate ST3290A was as typical a Seagate drive from this period as any: not particularly fast, quite reliable, generally fuss-free, and excellent value for money.

The ST3290A looked almost exactly the same as a Medalist 545xe, or for that matter much the same as all the other mainstream Seagate IDE drives made in the early to mid 1990s.

Notice the model number: like all Seagate drives until about 1995, it is based on the unformatted capacity.

Data rate21.1 Mbit/secSpin rate3811 RPM
Seek time16msBuffer64k
Platter capacity130MBInterfaceIDE
ActuatorStepperForm3½" 1/3 height>
ST3290A260.1MB4 thin-film heads***