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Hard disk drives sure have come a long way, baby.

In the 1950s, storage hardware was measured in feet -- and in tons. Back then, the era's state-of-the-art computer drive was found in IBM's RAMAC 305; it consisted of two refrigerator-size boxes that weighed about a ton each. One box held 40 24-inch dual-sided magnetic disk platters; a carriage with two recording heads suspended by compressed air moved up and down the stack to access the disks. The other cabinet contained the data processing unit, the magnetic process drum, magnetic core register and electronic logical and arithmetic circuits.
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What about 50 years from now? 1 petabyte... very plausible.
Edited by jpyumul - 1/5/11 at 4:34pm
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Hmmm, 500TB drives in 2.5inch form that cost $40?

Edited, said 3.5in instead of 2.5
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Wow I wish I could take one of these back in time with me. I've got a 1.5TB drive I'd sell.
    
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Having a 1TB HDD in the '50s is like being on an deserted island with a 2 ton diamond.
Edited by kora04 - 1/3/11 at 7:19pm
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Having a 1TB HDD in the '50s is like being on an deserted island with a 2 ton diamond.
haha so true
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1TB = The Internet in 50s.
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1TB = The Internet in 50s.
lol was it really that big? I'd guess it was smaller. (Especially since that was before consumer use of the internet)
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1978: the StorageTek company developed the first solid-state drive.
CE-100B vs OCZ Vertex 2

13333 posts!

http://forums.legitreviews.com/about16883.html
Continue reading here if you want to see a time line as well.
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lol was it really that big? I'd guess it was smaller. (Especially since that was before consumer use of the internet)
That was before the internet, period. Anything they had then would be considered a VPN network now, at best.
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lol was it really that big? I'd guess it was smaller. (Especially since that was before consumer use of the internet)
All US army i would thing it would be that big.
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