IBM 3380 disk drives / info?

From: ip500 <>
Date: Mon Mar 19 21:40:11 2001

        I'll bet it was a trip! IBM has some info ..[very little] on their web
site. They list an IBM pub # GC26-4491 [IBM 3380 Direct Access Storage
Intro], but it's not available in their on-line library // figures!
        The 1985 date is most likely the mfg date. Hard to believe they were
making anything that massive that late.

Robert wrote:
> Thanks.
> Sounds like 1.2G to 3.6G per drive. Wonder how we can tell which vintage we
> have? I took one to my office. Getting these babies up the steps was way
> much, even with help!
> RT
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Bob Brown
> Sent: Monday, March 19, 2001 8:12 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: IBM 3380 disk drives / info?
> 3380's were a product of the 80's. There were several different
> flavors...the originals came out in the early
> 80's. They were known as A0's or AA's. or AD's. They were 'single
> density'...each hda had two addressable
> actuators (one coming out each side)...each actuator addressed about 600MB
> of storage.
> They later came out with AE's which were double density...then J's and K's
> which were trible density.
> Did you happen to grab the magnets from the cabinets? VERY powerful
> permanent magnets indeed! (very heavy too).
> I have a 3380 HDA I saved from my mainframe days...had a MAJOR
> headcrash....when I opened up the top to look, the
> head that crashed was vaporized!
> -Bob
> At 08:59 PM 3/18/2001 -0500, you wrote:
> > 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
> >its
> >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
> >1.5
> >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
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