Celebrating the hard drives 50 years. 15 replies

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vikke-viking

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#1 12 years ago

Yes that right today the hard drive is 50 years old. The first one the be made by IBM in september 1956, it was at a crazy 5 mega bytes and was pretty big as you can see. magnetbaand-564x376.gif is costed about 200800 USD a year to rent it. Today a normal hard drive is about 300 gb and costs about 100 USD.

:bday:hard drive.




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#2 12 years ago

Heh, the IBM 350 RAMAC. Back then 10 megabytes would fill about two rooms. Unsurprising, considering the 350's disk platters were about 1.5 meters in diameter.

Happy Birthday, I suppose.




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#3 12 years ago

I wonder what kind of hardrives we will have in 50 years from now. They'll probally be the size of your finger nail and will be able to hold millions of Terrabites.




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#4 12 years ago

Chances are most things will have moved away from mechanical parts by then, we'll probably be using solid state drives almost exclusively.




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#5 12 years ago

hehe wait till we start storing our data in the samllest and quietest and coolest ways first there is optical storage with out constant light source(still a years off) to keep the data alive

attachment.php?attachmentid=52184&stc=1&d=1157757837 second there is SSD AKA solid state hard drives like your small flash drive but on a bigger scale, this inturn makes write errors athing of the past after a power failer or some one unplugs the computer no magnedic head to send a small EMP scrambleing a packet and it will remove all the moveing parts from the drive.




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#6 12 years ago
VideoslaveI wonder what kind of hardrives we will have in 50 years from now. They'll probally be the size of your finger nail and will be able to hold millions of Terrabites.

We'll all be like Johnny Mnemonic by then. :p

I recall my father buying a 40mb and even a massive 60mb HDD back in the day for something like $300-$400 a piece! People often look at price per GB these days, I shudder to think about how those compare.




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#7 12 years ago

What did they even use the 5 megabytes for in the 1950's?




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#8 12 years ago

Prototypes :p




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#9 12 years ago
cc.What did they even use the 5 megabytes for in the 1950's?

Probably to store data for the computers of the time which were approximately the size of Texas. :D

At 27 tons and the size of an entire room, the world's first computer is just as elaborate as its name suggests — ENIAC or Electronic Numerator Integrator Analyser and Computer. True to form, ENIAC also makes big noises, cracking and buzzing while performing an equation of 5,000 additions. Before the invention of ENIAC, it took a room full of people to calculate a similar equation. War was on and they actually had to plan for ballistic calculations ... so they used to have rooms full of people, mainly women actually, who were trained to a certain level of mathematics and they were called "computers".



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#10 12 years ago

Well if oure tecnolegy (spelling) countinus to go as fast as it does. In 10 years a standard hard drive will be at about 32TB.




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