Thursday, September 14, 2006


The Filing Cabinet

In 1956, the first hard drive was two refrigerators wide and stored the equivalent of one MP3 song. Today, the hard drive is found everywhere--from the PCs we use daily to MP3 players and memory keys so small you can toss them in your pocket and forget you're carrying around a hard drive.

50 years ago, however, it was a different story. In 1956, when the hard drive was first introduced on September 13, it required a humongous housing and 50 24-inch platters to store 1/2400 as much data as can be fit on today's largest capacity 1-inch hard drives.

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