Look How Far Storage Has Come

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Younger folks take data storage mediums for granted.  But not us “old codgers.”  Take, for instance IBM’s first hard drive – the amazing IBM 350.  I’ll let IBM tell the story.


“The IBM 350 Disk Storage Unit was rolled out in 1956 to be used with the IBM 305 RAMAC to provide storage capacities of five, 10, 15 or 20 million characters. It was configured with 50 magnetic disks containing 50,000 sectors, each of which held 100 alphanumeric characters.”  Egads!