Artifact Details

Title

23FD “Minnow” Flexible Disk Drive Prototype

Catalog Number

X1841.2000

Type

Physical object

Date

ca. 1970

Manufacturer

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)

Place Manufactured

U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Model number FD23. Minnow

Dimensions

overall: 17 in x 16 1/4 in x 10 1/2 in

Description

Plaque reads "IBM 23FD Diskette Drive Unit. ("Minnow") The "Minnow" Flexible Disk Drive, first manufactured by IBM in 1970, was conceived and developed by David L. Noble and his dedicated team of IBM engineers and technicians. "Minnow" was the predecessor of a family of low-cost "Floppy" drives which launched a major new segment of the computer industry. Presented to David L. Noble by his friends at IBM. August 1978"

Category

Ephemera: other

Subject

mechanical; magnetic

Credit

Gift of David Noble

Lot Number

X1841.2000