Ever since I got dynamips, the cisco router emulator to actually run code compiled by GCC, I wanted to do something more fun than a simple game of planetfallÂ with a memory mapped file. Â And to make a router more like a real computer, I’d want some kind of disk. Â Now most cisco routers have PCMCIA slots, so remembering back in the day iomega sold the click! drive, a 40MB removable disk cartridge that has a PCMCIA interface! Â Neat!
And even better, on eBay I managed to fine one. Â And much to my surprise when it arrived it was NIB, from 1999!
As you can see, there isn’t much inside that box, a CD-ROM of the manual, a brief leaflet, and of course the drive itself and a single 40MB clik! cartridge. Â I have to say that it’s all pretty neat.
The disk itself is pretty small. Â It does remind me of the older minicomputer disk packs with a removable sleeve to protect the media, but like a three and half inch floppy it is spring loaded to keep users away from it.
The disk gently slides into the drive, to give a very satisfying ‘click’ sound to it.
Unfortunately for me, since this was one of those late night impulse purchases I should have remembered that the cisco 1701 series of routers does NOT have a PCMCIA slot, and the NPE-G1 on my cisco 7200 VXR, instead has a compact flash adapter, not the full PCMCIA.
While I do have a RSP 4+ with the PCMCIA slots, I don’t have a chassis or power supply so I can’t do anything with it anyways. Â Unless I find the pinouts, and make my own harness to power it up, which I guess is always possible.
So close, but it went nowhere. Â But I thought it was interesting enough to take a look at such a tiny storage solution from the turn of the 21st century.
Aww, they stopped shipping the docks with the drives. The docks were so delightfully Rube Goldbergesque contraptions that the humor value was worth the cost, especially the card reader dock. Insert a 16MB CF or SM card whose contents are automatically transferred to the Clik disk which then allows the computer to read the files off the Clik disk.
I’ll have to score one, alone with more disks… along with a cisco backplane, or a new NPE….
I’d probably stick an original (340…1024MB) IBM Microdrive in the CF slot. Loved those back in the day, the idea that a fully functional hard drive could be made so small amazed the kid that I was back then. 🙂
I still have a HipZIp an Iomega’s MP3 player that uses Click! disks as storage 🙂