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|1st HDD to use 230mm (8”) diameter disks.|
Why it’s important After a decade and a half of 14” disk drives the HDD industry began a transition to smaller disks, reflecting the movement to diversification of computer systems and smaller installations.
IBM 62PC (Piccolo) had a rotary actuator with six 8-inch disks. One of the surfaces was used as a dedicated servo surface. The total capacity was 65MB. The eleven remaining heads stored the users' data and had servo sample information stored with each sector of data.
360,000 units were shipped from Jan 1979 through Feb 1990 mainly as internal storage for a number of IBM system products (e.g., IBM 5520, IBM 8100, IBM Series 1 and System/38) and/or as an attachable DASD subsystems such as the IBM 3310 and 8801. The Model 0680 was an OEM version.
Commander, RD and Taylor, JR,"Servo Design for an Eight-Inch Disk File," DISK STORAGE TECHNOLOGY, IBM GA 26-1665-0, Feb. 1980, pp. 90-98
AR Hearn, "Actuator for an eight-inch disk file," ibid, pp. 84-89
Case, W J P, "Piccolo (62PC)" Chapter 7 of History of Disk-File Development at Hursley and Millbrook, IBM Corp., Oct 17, 1990
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