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Windows 95 on Vintage Maxtor XT-2190 5.25 Inch MFM HDD (1983!!) with Intel i386 DX

November 5, 2017 Jon 18 Comments

This is Windows 95 running on an unbelivably old (and loud) hard disk drive using the MFM interface that has 160 MB, 5.25 inch full size form factor and was introduced in 1983. CPU is an Intel i386 DX-33 Engineering Sample, RAM is 8 MB.
In this video I’m showing the boot process, a basic disk benchmark, the shutdown, low level format with DOS, and installing Windows 3.11.

The Maxtor XT-2000 including the XT-2085, the XT-2140 and the XT-2190 being the largest hard drive available in this family, succeeding the Maxtor XT-1000 is a rather late produced and advanced low cost MFM hard drive featuring a modern voice coil actuator which technology is still present in modern HDDs today. The voice coil actuator ensures a faster access time compared to the at least equally interesting and beautiful stepper motor.
The XT-2190 seems to be one of the largest available MFM hard drives. Having a capacity of 190 megabytes (191.14) unformatted and around 150 megabytes, this hard drive requires to be configured as drive type 47 (user defined), significantly bigger than other common MFM hard drives. Its successor, XT-3000 was already utilizing the SCSI interface.


Motherboard: Shuttle HOT-419

Maxtor HDD brochure: http://bitsavers.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de/pdf/maxtor/XT1000-XT3000_brochures.pdf

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    November 5, 2017 - 6:03 am

    I want that harddrive it sounds so awesome =D

  2. Zazno Productions
    November 5, 2017 - 7:01 am

    how did you get a engineering sample!?!? its hard enough to just jet a computer of that age now little-known a engineering sample!!!

  3. izools
    November 5, 2017 - 7:39 am

    Sounds exactly the same as my Maxtor MaxLine III used to 😂😂

  4. rs agarwaen
    November 5, 2017 - 8:15 am

    in my office 1 computer uses theys hdd in raid.not sure why……..howver pc is enough loud,that it got its own room,to reduce noise.they also added some noise reduce material to

  5. Carlos M
    November 5, 2017 - 8:36 am


  6. Daniela Munoz
    November 5, 2017 - 8:46 am

    WT? everything of overdrive by Maxtor?

  7. pcguy5491
    November 5, 2017 - 9:13 am

    why don't you put that exact hard drive in windows 7 as i like it that it is from 1983 and it sounds good

  8. Bitelaserkhalif 555
    November 5, 2017 - 9:28 am

    noisier, bigger than nowadays hard drive…

    and if any hdd maker makes 5" factor now, it should had 100 tb capacity! lol

  9. Ian Billen
    November 5, 2017 - 10:15 am

    This is great. I've never seen a HD like that'functioning' in real life. The furthest I can remember back was configuring the 'memory' versus the HD revolution. You actually had to go into autoexec.bat and add himem.sys in order for the OS to see above 1 MB. As well as I am certain you can remember opening up UMB (unused memory blocks) all within upper (within 640k to 1024 k) of memory within base memory (under 1 MB). I can distinctly remember knowing and configuring what ran where .. all within base memory lol.

  10. Kugee
    November 5, 2017 - 10:27 am

    After putting two Quantum Bigfoot drives in a striped RAID (via Windows NT's disk administator), I got this crazy idea to put MFM drives on software RAID (at least whenever I get the necessary components). I get the feeling MFM may have issues on 486 systems and later, so if I were to install Windows NT 3.51 on a 386, is there a possibility that it would work with MFM drives? I doubt you've used NT3, but I have a feeling it may work only because… well, I don't know anything about MFM right now. KYUHUHUHUK!!!

  11. Creeperguy555
    November 5, 2017 - 10:31 am

    If a ssd run this fast…it would be 100000000000000 TB

  12. apple tech geek
    November 5, 2017 - 11:00 am

    do you sell this hdd i like to have this i like the sound

  13. 〉 Dursy ARTS 〈 YT Kacke!
    November 5, 2017 - 11:23 am

    why i think…, i dont like this HDD ?

  14. Jermaine Ortiz
    November 5, 2017 - 11:33 am

    Nice Video Interesting all the sounds, that old hard drive made. It just make me think how far we come in storage tech,

  15. Eep386
    November 5, 2017 - 11:46 am

    This would have been absolutely cutting-edge in 1983. 190MB unformatted, voice coil actuator delivering ~ 28ms seek…

    And I LOVE its singing voice. 😀

  16. Dezqn HD
    November 5, 2017 - 12:44 pm

    Dr hard lol 2:30

  17. Tzotzo52
    November 5, 2017 - 12:46 pm

    this filter is horrible…

  18. OH MY GOD!!!
    November 5, 2017 - 1:35 pm

    You mean Z80?

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