The original 170MB and 340MB Microdrives were developed under the code name Mulder within the IBM Japan labs that pioneered the miniature hard drive technology. The next generation, which introduced capacities of 512MB and 1GB to the Microdrive lineup, went by Sculley during their development cycle.
Now, despite the fact that the X-Files exists only in re-runs and on DVD, and IBM Japan's Microdrive team is now part of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), the tradition continues: the 2GB Microdrive and 4GB Microdrive were known internally as the Dana drives during their engineering phase. Says Bill Heybruck, Senior Applications Engineer and Microdrive specialist at HGST: "I don't watch X-Files, but I guess someone in Japan does."
And while the truth may not be out there, the first Dana drives are: as we noted in an October 30, 2003 story, a small handful of US retailers have received initial shipments of the 4GB Microdrive this week, with the 2GB drive expected to follow in late November at the earliest.
A production-level 4GB Microdrive arrived for testing here this week as well, and has already been benchmarked and the resulting data entered into the CompactFlash Performance Database.
More on performance in a moment. First, a discussion of Microdrive reliability.
For the uninitiated, the main characters on the X-Files television series are named Fox Mulder and Dana Sculley.