Category Archives: Salvage

Tech Flashback: iomega ZIP 250 IDE/ATAPI Drive Teardown

It’s interesting what you can find when you walk around on scheduled council clean-up dates. I managed to salvage an iomega ZIP 250 IDE/ATAPI drive from an unwanted computer, only to find that it was no longer functional. It wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Project Kryoflux – Part 2: Why Bother with it?

The Kryoflux isn’t expensive, but then again, it’s not exactly disposably cheap. Floppy disks have long been obsoleted, so why even bother with it? Is it really worth it? As alluded to in the previous part, getting access to data … Continue reading

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Salvaged: Canopus EZDV PAL PCI Card

Another one of my salvages. It’s rare that I see one of these – this is a Canopus EZDV PAL capture/encode card. You would think that with a miniDV camera that it would be as simple as plugging it into … Continue reading

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Hard Drive Disassembly: The IBM Deathstar

In one of my earlier posts, I salvaged two IBM Deskstar 75GXP DTLA-307030 30.7Gb hard drives. One of them was sick – to the point that recovery just wasn’t economical timewise, so I decided to take the opportunity to take … Continue reading

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Alps Electric Touchpad Internals

Another day, another salvage. Someone smashed apart a laptop and left the touchpad sitting out in the open – why not take a peek at it and see what it’s made of? Well, the first thing to realize is that … Continue reading

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Salvage: IBM Deskstar 75GXP Hard Drives

Look at those pair of drives for a sec … they’re just a pair of drives, right? Wrong! These drives have a special place in computing history and were one of the reasons for the downfall of the IBM Deskstar … Continue reading

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Salvage and Tech Flashback: Pioneer CT-W430 and Compact Cassettes

I guess today, I’m going to try and do a two-in-one post because the circumstances just so aligned. Another one of those UNSW Electrical Engineering salvage runs turned up this gem – a Pioneer CT-W430 dual cassette deck! This was … Continue reading

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Salvage: Unisearch PC-ECG ISA Card

Another interesting salvage from UNSW – pulled from a disposed machine in Electrical Engineering. This one is a Unisearch PC-ECG v2.1 ISA Card. As one can guess from the name, this card is meant to perform electrocardiograph functions on a … Continue reading

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Salvage: Axiom Technology AX5411/AX5411H DAQ Card

A little while back, I salvaged these cards from boxes just outside of UNSW Electrical Engineering Room 201. Special thanks goes to Mr. Chris Lu for giving me permission to remove these and keep them. AX5411 (specs from here) 60kHz … Continue reading

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Salvaged: Dranetz Series 606-3 Line Disturbance Analyzer

Another day, another salvage – this time, a Dranetz Series 606-3 Line Disturbance Analyzer. Just a forewarning – this post is image-heavy! Anyway, this is another one of those items being thrown out by UNSW Electrical Engineering, who can resist … Continue reading

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Saving the Adret Electronique CS201 Frequency Generator Synthesizer

So I salvaged an Adret Electronique CS201, but I wasn’t able to test it owing to the fact that the power connection was made by an odd connector. One could always give in now and just throw it out or … Continue reading

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Salvage of the Day: Adret CS 201 Generator Synthesizer

As the beginning of the year comes, it seems like everyone in EE at UNSW is cleaning out. One thing I managed to lug home today is an Adret Electronique CS 201 Generator Synthesizer. I’ve never heard of the brand … Continue reading

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