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Hard Drive 1956

Found this tidbit while reading the newspaper, found it interesting;

The year is 1956 and the first-ever hard disk drive lands on the market with a resounding thud. Invented by IBM, the drive is called a RAMAC, weighs about 2,000 pounds, and must be transported on a flat-bed truck.

Its capacity: 5 megabytes, large enough to store a single MP3 file.

In 1980, the hard drive is operated with a washing machine motor. It requires so much power and generates so much heat that a refrigerator-size rack filled with generators, cooling fans and tangles of cables is required to keep it working.

Total weight, including rack, motor and peripheral equipment: about 200 pounds. Total capacity: 1 gigabyte, or less than you can store on two CD-ROMs.
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