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TroyW
September 15th, 2006, 03:38 PM
Wed Sep 13, 3:00 AM ET

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. But when the hard drive was first introduced on September 13, 1956, 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....
Article:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20060913/tc_pcworld/127104

Wow, "The RAMAC 305's cost per megabyte was approximately $10,000--that's about $70,000 in today's value." And that's per megabyte, the thing had a whopping 5 megabytes of storage, so times that by 5... OUCH! :nervous:

EDIT: I just found these pictures of the beast: http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-10877_11-31979-1.html?promo=132&tag=nl.e132&cval=TR_today&ctype=default

alexkerhead
September 15th, 2006, 06:57 PM
I posted that yesterday.
http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/showthread.php?t=4365

TroyW
September 15th, 2006, 07:00 PM
Oh, sorry, didn't see that turn up in the "new posts" list. Could a mod please merge the threads?

Terry Yager
September 15th, 2006, 07:04 PM
I posted that yesterday.
http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/showthread.php?t=4365

I think you're too optimistic...

--T