Know How What Used To Be

IBMs 5MB Hard Drive

Written by Lloyd Jacqueline

The original hard disk was invented about 70 years ago when IBM decided they want to store documents in a digital environment. Looking back, the past 20 years is when the hard drive has evolved the most, physical size reduction and capacity expansion wise. They were not always so mobile though. Back when the first ever to see the light HDD was invented it, it weighed somewhere around 1 ton (900 Kilograms/2000 Pounds), it was named IBM 305 RAMAC. It could store 5MB worth of data, indeed never seen before and it looked like this:


Like most devices, phones also need to store your photos, messages and apps somewhere, they also use HDDs, only they have a different name. They are simply called “Memory” and said memory is a two bladed knife, the internal storage and the external one. If all this phone talk came up I might as well share this with you. Being the proud owner of a smart phone/TV means you must have heard of Game Of Thrones at least once, good news. I’ve got just the thing for you, you can use a Game of Thrones Conquest gold hack for the newest Game of Thrones Conquest game, just in case you didn’t get a taste of Westeros just yet.

Computers have been around for longer than you may think. Sure they weren’t your power thirsty machines that you use today but they existed even almost 100 years ago. They were simply machines able to do simple calculations and short tasks such as printing out letters on a plain paper. Also called writing machines.

Your computer probably makes a lot of noise, we are not including modern laptops here, they are fairly low key and quiet which is great. We are talking about the PC master race beasts that some people build to satisfy their need for frame rate in old vintage video games. Your hardware is the main source of noise, it’s not very pleasant and frankly I could get by just fine without it ringing in my ears every minute of my existence. Fans often make the most noise inside your case, low quality ones that is, you can always try lowering the RPM and you’ll eventually get them to quiet down. Another obvious sources of noise is the hard drive you use to store all your files, they can make a lot of rambling noises unless you use an SSD, in which case props to you. Just as a point of comparison, the largest SSD ever created so far can hold 60TB of data, it’s created by Seagate and it ships for only $20,000! I’ll wait this one out.

5MB Hard Drive Storage

You can almost store a modern high quality photo on that hard disk. Five Megabytes is equal to zero compared to most hard drives we use today, it just isn’t enough to satisfy our needs. I understand that seventy years ago that was a big deal as files were not at their peak just yet and you could use a HDD as a storing solution. Think about it, your average computer in 2017 can store 1TB of data on it. It all feels like a big generation gap, the first one occupies a lot of physical space and the second one doesn’t, the old one can barely store data, the new one doesn’t flinch when 1GB is being used.

As we speak, some companies plan to create 40TB hard drives, looking at you Western Digital, nice work. Can’t wait to be able to store half of the internet in one of my HDDs and still have room for my Mario Kart experience. Western Digital has plans to release said drive in 2025, until then we’ll just have to use the 12TB helium-based one. A bunch of complicated operations are being done in order to get the best results for the new HDD from WD. I couldn’t explain it right even if I wanted to, so here’s a video doing it in less than two minutes.

While we wait for that 40TB drive let’s have a quick look at the first 1TB storage device, created in 2007 by HGST. It was quite costly too, you would have to pay around four hundred dollars in order to get your hands on one of these bad boys, those drives rapidly became a must-have. We all could have seen this coming, HGST took the risk by creating a drive with such enormous capacity and it paid off. The 7200 RPM drive would make more noise than a toddler but it had a data buffer of 32MB, unlike the 16MB or 8MB drives available back in 2007. The buffer and the size was one of its biggest selling points, other than it’s massive storage.

IBM also has a history with manufacturing floppy disks but that only lasted until 1985ish when the floppy disk became the international save icon for games. Sadly that part didn’t last too much as save icons – I mean floppy disks stopped being used quite fast. If only school taught this kind of history, I would’ve attended class more often instead of binge watching Game Of Thrones at home.

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Lloyd Jacqueline

Novice writer, aspiring to write novels some day, look for my name in books!

1 Comment

  • The fact that I can carry a 128GB storage device in my pocket never ceases to amaze me. We started with 5mb at the size of literal rooms and now we tuck them into our pockets and be on our way.

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