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Guide to the Hitachi Global Storage Technologies collection on IBM hard disk storage
X5736.2010  
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Description
The Hitachi Global Storage Technologies collection on IBM hard disk storage consists of manuals, promotional material, technical reports, internal memos, presentation materials, and conference proceedings ranging in date from 1955 to 1992. Approximately half of the collection contains documents organized chronologically that are related the history of IBM's hard disk drive research and development. This portion of the collection consists of manuals, memos, studies and research reviews, strategy and operating documents, and technical reports, many of which are associated with the IBM Corporate Technical Committee (CTC), the IBM Magnetic Recording Institute (MRI), and the IBM Advanced Magnetic Recording Technology organization (AMRT). The remainder of the collection holds information on hard disk drive, flexible disk storage, magnetic tape, and optical storage technologies. The collection includes a small amount of material on magnetic bubble and film library technologies, as well as a folder of 32mm slides.
Background
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies was founded in 2003 as a merger of the hard disk drive businesses of IBM and Hitachi. The company specializes in computer storage products, such as hard disk drives, solid-state drives, and external storage devices. In 2012, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies was acquired by Western Digital, and its name was changed to HGST, Inc.
Extent
17.5 Linear feet, 14 record cartons
Restrictions
The Computer History Museum (CHM) can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claims of the copyright holder. Requests for copying and permission to publish, quote, or reproduce any portion of the Computer History Museum's collection must be obtained jointly from both the copyright holder (if applicable) and the Computer History Museum.
Availability
The collection is open for research.