Winchester disk drive

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Introduced by IBM in 1973 as the model 3340, the Winchester disk drive is a hard drive with 30 MB of fixed and 30 MB of removable storage; thus earning its nickname after the Winchester 30-30 rifle.

The disks of featured a 30 millisecond access time and a coating of lubrication that allowed the heads to remain in contact with the surface when rotation speed was increased or decreased; this became the standard for mechanical hard drive development.

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