Hugh Hard Disk in the year 1956

OMG, that’s a beast in the year 1956. What’s that? A cabinet or refrigerator? No, it’s a hard disk with a storage capacity of 5MB. Don’t look down at this tiny capabity at today’s standards, 5MB was record breaking at that time!

Hard disk

In September 1956 IBM invented the first computer with a disk storage system, the 305 RAMAC (Random Access Method of Accounting and Control). This system could store five megabytes of data. But what’s amazing was that it had fifty, 24-inch diameter disks to accomplish that!

Now, shouldn’t you start appreciating your 2 GB thumb drive? 🙂