Artifact Details

Title

IBM tape history - session 3: 3480 tape drive

Catalog Number

102738020

Type

Moving image

Date

2015-10-14

Participants

Gardner, Tom, moderator
Gaudet, Andrew, panelist
Winarski, Dan, panelist

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Tucson, AZ

Format

MOV

Description

This is session three of five sessions held in Tucson, AZ, regarding IBM’s tape storage history. The five sessions are:

1. Tape Media (CHM catalog number: 102737991)
2. Overview of tape products and product management (CHM catalog number: 102737993)
3. 3480 tape drive (CHM catalog number: 102738020)
4. Linear Tape Open (LTO) Consortium (CHM catalog number: 102738022)
5. Recovery of tapes damaged in Challenger disaster (CHM catalog number: 102738024).

See IBM Tape History Session 1: Tape Media for an overview of IBM Tucson.

The primary focus of this session is on the mechanics of the 3480 tape drive. The mechanism evolved significantly from its first embodiment, code name Intrepid, through an intermediate version, Ocotillo, into the final shipped version, code name Saguaro.

Category

Oral history

Collection Title

CHM oral history collection

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X7619.2016