Flashback – See Photos Of What 5MB Hard Disk Looked Like In 1956

It’s really interesting how the world is revolutionizing as well as Technology. If you ever wondered what an hard disk drive looked like in the middle 90s, the pictures below should give you an idea.

Below is a picture of a 5MB Hard Disk drive been shipped out by IBM in 1956. Imagine how many men it took in other to load in the 5 MB hard disk.

Image of IBM 5MB hard disk in 1956

In September 1956, IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, which was the world’s first ‘SUPER’ computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD weighed over a ton and stored just 5 MB of data.

IBM 5MB hard disk in 1956 Photo of IBM 5MB hard disk in 1956
The second picture above shows how the hard disk drive is loaded into the plane using a machine.

Even though we are currently in 2015, check out how this huge 5MB hard disk can be presented in 2011 with as much storage space of 256GB.

Hard disk drive in 2015
Fast forward to the century we are in now, you can easily carry a 1 Terabyte hard disk drive in your pockets without anyone knowing. I can only imagine what the future holds for technology.

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  • How I wish I were alive then to see how technology revolutionised to this present age.

    I would have loved to see how huge a computer ? really was, and the speed compared to the ones of today.

  • uuhmm… that’s to say in 50+years time, a memory card of 1Tb might just be the size of a rice grain or smaller…
    who knows?

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