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Description Qume 8 inch Floppy Disk Drive. Announced October 1978.

Michalopoulos, D. A. (1978-12). " New Products". Computer 11 (12): 81.

A new dual-sided, double-density diskette drive reduces media wear to far below industry norms, according to Qume Corporation. The company has obtained an exclusive right to manufacture the drive for the North American and European markets from Y. E. Data, Japan's leading supplier of floppy disk drives.

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The DataTrak 8 stores 1.6M bytes of unformatted data and 1.2M bytes of IBM-formatted data. Track-to-track access time is three msecs, average access time is 91 msecs, and settling time is 15 msecs. The drive's data transfer rate is 500K bits per second. Standard options include file protection, programmable door lock, and activity light. The drive is compatible with all existing drives, including IBM.

The DataTrack 8 is immediately available and is priced at $755 in OEM quantities of 1-24.

Qume (April 1979), "Memory Products, DataTrak 8, Products Specifications", Qume Manual

Power Requirements

115 VAC 0.8A Max
24 VDC 1.0A Max
5 VDC 1.3A Max
Power Dissipation 55 watts


Height 117 mm (4.55 inch)
Width 217 mm (8.55 inch)
Depth 370 mm (14.57 inch)
Weight 6 kg (13 lbs.)

Photo by Michael Holley, July 2007

Taken with a Canon PowerShot A630 (1/5 second and f/8) under tungsten lighting. The image was touched up with Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0.
Date July 2007
Source Own work
Author Swtpc6800 en:User:Swtpc6800 Michael Holley


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