IBM 3380 disk drives / info?

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Date: Sun Mar 18 21:19:29 2001

In a message dated 3/18/01 9:07:40 PM Eastern Standard Time,

<< Among my pickups over the weekend were a pair of these HUGE IBM
 3380 drives. Couldn't even begin to find room for the entire unit with
 cabinet and controllers, but did scavange the drives and motors out of
 the cabinet. Biggest drive I've ever seen. Belt driven! from an external
 HP motor ..these things are Big! Cast alluminium housing w/14" discs,
 the whole assembly seems about 1/2 the size of a V-6 auto eng!
    IBM site has several references to them, circa early 80's I gather
 but they sure look older than that. What I'd like to find is IBM
 publication #GC26-4491 [IBM 3380 Direct Access Storage Intro] and/or IBM
 pub #GX26-1678 [Storage Reference Summary]. Neither seems to be in the
 on-line library from IBM.
    Any other info or dating is always welcome too.
    Thanks, Craig

yup, those things are quite impressive when you open the access doors and
quite noisy with multiple units running. Place I worked at back in 1992 had 4
strings of those which were eventually replaced by one hitachi unit. Capacity
was up to 4gig IIRC.

DB Young              Team OS/2
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