woensdag 9 april 2008

The history of computer data storage, in pictures

Wow, that my automation life!
I am involved in automation since 1968 and I really love this kind of information!!
I recognize all of the showcased storage types (no denying anymore, I am old).

Nowadays we are used to having hundreds of gigabytes of storage capacity in our computers. Even tiny MP3 players and other handheld devices usually have several gigabytes of storage. This was pure science fiction only a few decades ago. For example, the first hard disk drive to have gigabyte capacity was as big as a refrigerator, and that was in 1980. Not so long ago!

Picture: IBM Model 350, the first-ever hard disk drive. The first hard disk drive was the IBM Model 350 Disk File that came with the IBM 305 RAMAC computer in 1956. It had 50 24-inch discs with a total storage capacity of 5 million characters (just under 5 MB).

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