Atari 1050 Disk Drive

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The Atari 1050 disk drive was Atari's replacement to the Atari 810 disk drive. The new Atari 1050 disk drive matched the new high-tech, low profile line of Atari XL home computer systems. The original Atari 810 could hold single density data (88K out of 100K diskettes) which was standard. The new Atari 1050 disk drives were DUAL-DENSITY disk drives and could use the older Atari 810 diskettes, but could also hold data in a new Enhanced Density mode of 127K. Although the standard for disk drives was 180K, this additional storage was welcomed by Atari users who bought the disk drives.

The disk drive electronics and its mechanism were by Tandon, the case design was done by Tom Palecki, formerly of Atari's Industrial Design group.

Our unit was kindly donated by Alan Hunter.

Date : 1982

Manufacturer : Atari

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH11991. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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