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The Hard Disk That Changed The World


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#1 Scarlett

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 11:41 PM

IBM delivered the first disk drive 50 years ago. It was about the size of two refrigerators and weighed a ton.By Steven Levy Newsweek August 7, 2006 issue - If there's a bottle of vintage champagne you've been saving, next month is the time to pop it open: it's the 50th anniversary of hard-disk storage. Don't laugh. On Sept. 13, 1956, IBM shipped the first unit of the RAMAC (Random Access Method of Accounting and Control) and set in motion a process that would change the way we live.

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 12:59 AM

Wow. The machine back then held 5mb's of information. About half of my mp3's wouldn't even fit in that beast, lol (by that i mean that half of my mp3's are above 5mb per song).

It really is amazing to think that today, we have objects smaller than a matchbox that can hold over 100 times the amount of information as the first hard drive. Technology is astonishing.

And now for a bad joke: I'd really hate to see that hard-drive crash......... *zing*

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 02:08 AM

Imagine trying to connect that drive to your PC as a slave, or connect to your USB port! :thumbsup:

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 04:48 PM

It could probably hold half of an mp3 :thumbsup:

Image going to a LAN-Party... I am scared to see how big the computer looked... :flowers:

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 05:46 PM

A one-ton disk drive the size of two fridges that held 5mbs of data...I now own a 2 gig flash drive that weighs ounces and is the size of my thumb.

We have come far, my friends! :thumbsup:

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 05:52 PM

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Posted 01 August 2006 - 10:29 PM

Woah! That thing is huge :thumbsup: I got two 80GB HDD and they are tiny compared to that thing and whole ALOT more... It amazes me of how things can change.

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Posted 01 August 2006 - 11:47 PM

It amazes me of how things can change.


And how fast two... this was just 50 years ago...

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Posted 02 August 2006 - 04:27 AM

Great Story.... Thank You. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 August 2006 - 07:34 AM

And how fast two... this was just 50 years ago...


Very True!

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Posted 03 August 2006 - 12:59 PM

And I thought my 160gb HD was getting outdated....I think I like it better now.
THis is amazing.

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Posted 03 August 2006 - 02:45 PM

And I thought my 160gb HD was getting outdated....I think I like it better now.
THis is amazing.

160 gigs?? If you don't want it, I'll take it!!! Please? :thumbsup:




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