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    Re: 5MB HDD - 1956 style!!!!

    I'd like to see Citylink try to deliver that!

    I remember using a Xerox sigma 6 with 96Mb online storage. If you exceeded your disk quotan you could ask to have a mag tape (which was mounted manually by the duty computer operator)
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    Re: 5MB HDD - 1956 style!!!!

    wow.

    looks like it came with its own power supply though.

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    Re: 5MB HDD - 1956 style!!!!

    It weighed a tonne and stored 5mb?!

    I honestly can't even get my head around how bad that is.

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    Re: 5MB HDD - 1956 style!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoonigan View Post
    It weighed a tonne and stored 5mb?!

    I honestly can't even get my head around how bad that is.
    I can, level of technology available then VS level of tech now. In the 50's that was considered a massive step forward. Now we laugh at an 80 gig HDD.

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    Re: 5MB HDD - 1956 style!!!!

    and in 40 years your kids will, go "it had motors, spinning discs, weighed nearly a pound and it only stored a terabyte? I can't believe how bad that is".

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    Re: 5MB HDD - 1956 style!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckskull View Post
    and in 40 years your kids will, go "it had motors, spinning discs, weighed nearly a pound and it only stored a terabyte? I can't believe how bad that is".
    I really do look forward to that day, cos in 40 years time, providing I'm not locked up or dead by then, technology is going to be amazing!

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    Re: 5MB HDD - 1956 style!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoonigan View Post
    I really do look forward to that day, cos in 40 years time, providing I'm not locked up or dead by then, technology is going to be amazing!

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    Re: 5MB HDD - 1956 style!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckskull View Post
    and in 40 years your kids will, go "it had motors, spinning discs, weighed nearly a pound and it only stored a terabyte? I can't believe how bad that is".
    More like 10-15 years.

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    Re: 5MB HDD - 1956 style!!!!

    Funny enough I just found one of my old Quantum Bigfoot 5.25" drives, it's deeper than my dvd drive and "only" stores 2.1gb
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    Re: 5MB HDD - 1956 style!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoonigan View Post
    It weighed a tonne and stored 5mb?!

    I honestly can't even get my head around how bad that is.
    This. lol

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    Re: 5MB HDD - 1956 style!!!!

    5 megabytes was probably quite large for the data they were using.

    Think how much pure text or numbers that is: 5,000,000 letters of text.

    Nowadays things are less efficient, wasteful even:

    Save a blank word document nowadays and it's 50k
    - yep, 50,000 characters to describe nothing
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    Re: 5MB HDD - 1956 style!!!!

    omg, what a *great* one.

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    Re: 5MB HDD - 1956 style!!!!

    I remember when I was a little nipper and my brother was a proper geek had an Amiga 500 and stacks of floppy disks. Indiana Jones Fate of Atlantis, was I think, on 12discs and you had to swap discs ALL the time whilst playing the game. Back then I couldn't fathom what 1gig was nevermind these days where games themselves are near enough 10gb in size.

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    Re: 5MB HDD - 1956 style!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikerr View Post
    5 megabytes was probably quite large for the data they were using.
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    Indeed it was.

    I wasn't directly involved, but I've been in computer rooms using those early disk drives, and even their drum-drive predecessors.

    Ironically, the first disk drive I owned was a (second-hand) 5MB ST-506, though it was in the 80's, and they (new) were about £1000. Then I upgraded to two 20MB drives, and that was HOOGE. Shortly after that, I got a 338MB ESDI drive, and that was a £1500 drive.

    When we talk in GB, or more likely, TB, it's easy to forget that it's all a relatively recent innovation, and that even in my childhood, computers were something you ONLY found in large, air-conditioned dedicated rooms, TVs were black and white and lots of people didn't even have that, cellphones didn't exist and indeed, a lot of people didn't have landline phones much less cellphones, Tim Berners-Lee was still in short trousers and a lot of homes didn't have internal toilets let alone luxuries like central heating.

    It was the unfathomable dark ages compared to the pampered XBox generation.

    And in fact, it's not much over 50 years ago that post-WW2 rationing finally ended.

    In fact, I feel like a caveman even thinking about it.

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    Re: 5MB HDD - 1956 style!!!!

    If you think 5MB is pathetic, try and figure out how you would go about storing and efficiently communicating 40 million bits of information from scratch.

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