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April 13, 2007

Hard Drives – old and new

at 6:47 am. Filed under Insane Equipment

Seeing this huge 5MB hard drive being loaded into a plane in 1956 on TechEBlog puts modern technology into perspective. We think nothing of installing and using hundreds of gigabytes in our new computers. Or expect them to be small enough to fit onto our MP3 players. Will we look back 50 years from now and laugh at our “modern” miniature drives?


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30 Responses to “Hard Drives – old and new”

  1. NGinuity Says:

    Believe it or not, I actually have seen some of these in our little museum at work.

  2. Hexypoo Says:

    Holy Crap. I want that table soo bad it not even funny.

  3. Clark Hummell Says:

    Cool table! I want one! !_!

  4. Ethan Says:

    Ha, i should fish out my old 256Mb

  5. Myles from Canada Says:

    Reading this article this morning really made me think about the direction mass storage devices
    are heading. For instance sure we can make really small hard drives that fit in the palm of your hand, but the only problem is they are still hard drives….they have moving parts, and are limitted to the performace of the moving parts. I really think the future of storage devices are going to be in some form of solid state storage. One could almost do a page just like this one, but be about the evolution of the USB flash drive. Any ways sorry for the long post, just wanted to express my thoughts.

  6. RickTaylor Says:

    I remember when I bought my first 1gb drive in the late 90s and I thought that was awesome compared to the 10mb drive I had in my 286 in 1989.

    For $150 today, you can buy a *flash* drive that contains sixteen times the amount of space as the typical *hard* drive only a decade ago and about 3,200 times as big as the 5MB mammoth seen in the first photo above. And again – that’s just a *flash drive*.

  7. Takato Says:

    the shapes are cool

  8. Kevin Says:

    wow… Did that say $400 for a 6gb in 2003? That seams like alot.

  9. skazz Says:

    2006 actually. Must’ve been a microdrive. Not exactly a fair comparison price-wise, but it’s the size that’s important.

  10. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Myles,

    I would agree that solid state is the future, I am actually surprised that moving parts are still part of modern storage (including the DVD/CD). I can’t wait till this http://www.superssd.com/products/tera-ramsan/ is miniature and affordable. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. GlobalTestMarket Says:

    I wonder how many worker’s comp claims there were with hardware designers back then? I bet when the 10MB hard drive was pitched at the R&D meeting many people cringed as the pain in their backs exploded.

  12. Rev Frank Says:

    I remebmer when I bought my first 540 mg hard drive in 1994. My friends asked me what I was going to do with all that hard drive space.

  13. liesofxiii Says:

    TG should produce a necklace with a fake harddrive about the size of that small one

  14. Shadyman Says:

    Now those are some biggies!

  15. Paul Says:

    These things are cool!

  16. Sean Says:

    I love that table!

  17. Mr. Maigo Says:

    I want that table!

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  19. Macka Says:

    how much data does that table hold?
    I assume it is a real hdd platter, so im guessing 1mb….

  20. Jason Curtis Says:

    I would hate to have to change heads on one of those old drives, modern drives are hard enough as it is, and we dont require a crane these days!

  21. Jason Curtis Says:

    I bet the magnets in the old hard drive could do some serious damage!
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  22. marks256 Says:

    it has been said before, and i am going to say it again – I WANT THAT TABLE!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. Alan Parekh Says:

    That table would be great in my breakfast nook. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Craig Says:

    Looks like the table was 53meg.

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  26. Dave Says:

    It took a FORKLIFT to pick up that old 50s hard drive, imagine what the COMPUTER looks like! YIKES!!!

  27. Name name Says:

    They look way overpriced

  28. AndyGadget Says:

    Wayyyy back I worked for a company who made HDDs. A 10MB drive at time had a 12″ platter, and a colleague’s job was to get the heads flying closer to the surface for greater data density. The result of the overnight runs where the heads were just that bit TOO close were quite spectacular.

  29. Rastakins Says:

    The picture showing 40 MB in 1985 costing $40,000 is waaay off. Around 1982 we interfaced a 8″ Quantum Q2040 40 megabyte drive to our Alpha Micro. The drive cost just a few $thousand.

    By 2006, weren’t 6GB drives obsolete?


  30. Old Computer Data Center - Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog Says:

    […] hard to believe that within our lifetime computer technology has come so far! You may remember this huge hard drive from the 50s that needed a forklift to move around but as we can see in the 80s the hard drives […]

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