Who Made/Makes the World Smallest Harddrive

From: Jules Richardson <julesrichardsonuk_at_yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Mon Dec 20 09:31:19 2004

On Mon, 2004-12-20 at 16:12 +0100, Tore S Bekkedal wrote:
> On Sat, 2004-12-18 at 16:48 -0500, William Donzelli wrote:
> > > All these are pre "Winchester" (3030) technology
> > Winchester was the 3340.
> Yeah, but the engineering nickname for the first voice-coil drive was
> 30/30 because there were two platters, 30MB each. someone called it the
> Winchester, and the name stuck - however, the first IBM Winchester might
> have been the 3340.

There was a discussion on a local group about the origin of the name
Winchester lately; one school of thought bringing up the often repeated
tale of the Winchester rifle, but another one interestingly mentioning
key technology for the drives that was developed at IBM's R&D outfit
near to Winchester here in the UK (actually at Hursley).

Neither group seemed to be able to satisfactorily prove or disprove
things one way or the other as to the origins of the name. Most books
within the last 15 years or so probably base the origin on the rifle,
but that may be down to that being the oft-repeated folklore. The link
to Winchester in the UK was an interesting one though.


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