16TB! … Here’s where it began…

16TB! … Here’s where it began…

Sep 25, 2015

With Samsung revealing its 16TB SSD (see related article) Lets take a look back where the modern day Hard Drive started.

The IBM 305 RAMAC was the first commercial computer that used a moving-head hard disk drive, It had fifty 24-inch-diameter disks and two independent access arms moved up and down to select a disk, and in and out to select a record.

It had 3.75 Megabytes storage and was leased for $3,200 per month (1957). in an interview published by the Wall Street Journal it was reported that the 305 RAMAC weighed over a ton, had to be moved around with forklifts, and was delivered via large cargo airplanes.
The interview also revealed the storage capacity of the drive could have been increased beyond five megabytes, but IBM’s marketing department at that time was against a larger capacity drive, because they didn’t know how to sell a product with more storage.

So while Samsung holds the record for Largest ‘Capacity’ drive, I think IBM may still hold the record for Largest Drive…

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