This is apparently a 5MB hard drive for a IBM 305 RAMAC produced in 1956:
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We have came a long way since then. Compare this to the 5.25″ 1TB LaCie Big Disk™:
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This little external drive that can probably fit in a larger pocket holds over 200,000 times more memory than the RAMAC disk. And this is not even the top of the line hardware – it’s just the high end of the affordable range.
I wonder if in 50 years we will be laughing our asses off at these puny Terabyte drives, seeing how we will likely be measuring our memory needs in Peta or Exabytes by then. That is of course if the Moore’s Law holds, and CPU speeds and memory specs keep doubling every 18 months.
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