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"QUANTUM SHOT" #56


Are you complaining that your iPod does not have enough storage capacity?
These pictures will help you to put things in perspective:

5MB Hard Disk in 1956....

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In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD weighed over a ton and stored 5MB of data....
(source PCWorld)

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This was a huge improvement over the ENIAC, built in 1946:

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The Sixties:
IBM 1311 disk storage drive (center picture):

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(source IBM Archives)

The Seventies:

IBM 3310 direct access storage (64 MB per unit):

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HD from 1979; 250 MB


Eighties
Things in 1985 looked a little better:

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...and if you want to speculate about the future, here is the top secret picture of how Google is going to get all the hard drive space for GMail:

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Google Server Farm Building:



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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the background of that second last picture, it says

2006 6GB $400.00

6GB? $400? You can get 500GB for under $300.00.

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Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Hm... this is the stand of one of the Russian dealers; i guess it gives an idea of Russian souped-up prices.

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Anonymous Rick said...

Very cool. You'd think they would have put the drive in that first picture in some kind of crate before they loaded it on the plane.

How'd you do that cascading pics thing at the bottom of your post? Is that something from Blogger?

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Anonymous Darin said...

by the time, the size reducing.. now I can have my 2 GB flashdisk as big as my finger.. I can't imagine how small it will be after 20 years after now..

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Anonymous Elmark said...

yeah it's only a hard disk that needs a huge magnifying glass to view, something that small couldn't possibly cost more than a regular hard disk :P

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