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Altair disk drive in Knight Rider pilot

For those of us into retro computers, it's always a buzz to see this equipment featured in TV shows of the era.  I spotted a great example of this when watching the second episode of the Knight Rider pilot (1982).  There's an Altair 8" disk drive featured in this show, the computer  it's attached to looks like it's been mocked up for tv.  The villain in the show removes a floppy disk from the disk drive but the floppy is a 5.25" disk and it's upside down.

Thanks to Tim for leaving the comment about the episode with the teddy bear.  I found the episode: "A Good Knight's Work" (1984).  This was filmed in the Pertec factory.  There's a close up of a circuit board and you can just make out the name Pertec on it.

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  • Tim

    18/08/2016 4:27:19 PM |

    I remember that episode from when it was first broadcast. I worked for Pertec at the time, and I LMAO when I saw that scene.

    There was a later episode, one that concerned a toy teddy bear, that was shot at Pertec. It was interesting to see how they did the "driverless" KITT.

    btw, this floppy drive unit uses hard-sectored floppy diskettes, which were not common, even back then.

  • Theo

    18/08/2016 4:51:51 PM |

    Thanks for the feedback.  I have all the episodes, I'll look for the one with the teddy bear.  Yeah, the pilot was 1982 and I believe the Altair disk drive was launched in 1977 so it wasn't really that old by the pace of technology back then.

  • Theo

    18/08/2016 6:59:27 PM |

    I've added some  screenshots from that episode.

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