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The History of Digital Storage

The History of Digital Storage Punch Cards Most people think of punch cards as a way to clock in and out of work. They were also used to upload operating systems. Like most things, they had a humble beginning that made day-to-day In 1725, a textile worker by the name of Basile Bouchon used punch cards to control looms. With this, the loom could read and execute patterns and automate settings. For the first time, a machine used a device to read physical code to execute a processs. Essentially, the punch cards served as primative memory cards. processes easier. It wasn't until 1890 when a punch card was used by Herman Hollerith to record and read data from a computer. He used it to complete the 1890 Census in only one year. Before this, the Census of 1880 took eight years. Williams TubeC Drum Memory 1947 .0625 kB of Storage First random access digital storage unit. Its speed was 1.2 milliseconds per instruction. 1950s Uniservo 10KB of Storage The precursor to the modern hard drive Platter. IBM 350 128 bits Per inch 1951 First commercially-used tape drive. Cassette 1956 44 MB of Storage Tape The first "modern" hard drive, with fifty 24"disks that spun at 1,200 RPM. 1972 660 kB of Storage per side 5.25" Floppy Once used as an inexpensive way to save data, it was slowly replaced as floppies became cheaper. IBM 3380 1976 1.2 MB of Storage 1.2 MB storage capacity was reached in 1982 with the HD Version. One of the first mass-produced consumer storage devices. Used for saving documents and even loading operating systems. 1980 2.52 GB of storage ST-506 The first device to reach the gigabyte realm. DAT 1980 DAT 65min. 5 MB of storage 1.3 GB of storage This was the first 5.25" drive and the precursor to the modern PC hard drive. 1987 The format was going to be a high-end music recording device, but later became storage for computers. CD-R MiniDisc MD Data 700 MB 1990 700 MB D-R of storage MMD-140A MS This format is still widely used. Its large storage capacity and low price helped it surpass the floppy and survive the rise of Zip and Jaz discs. DATA 1993 140 MB of storage 140MB WRITE PROIECT Zip Sony intended the MD Data to replace the floppy disc as the consumer storage platfrom of choice, but it was too expensive, and was eventually outpaced by the more popular Zip Disk. Seagate Barrocuda zip 8 1994 100 MB of storage PCI00 This was the essential storage device for large documents and graphic design files. It quickly replaced floppy discs and was favored over CD-Rs because they were 1996 re-writable. 2.5 GB of storage IBM 170 Microdrive This was the first 7200 RPM drive, a speed that became the standard we see in most IBM modern drives today. IBM DiskOnKey 1999 Microdrive 170 MB of storage Before flash memory was cheap and large enough for consumer electronics, these revolutionary small drives went into the first iPods. Apple continued using them all the way up to the new iPod classics. 8 MB of storage IBM 2000 SD Card IBM revolutionized the way we move and store data with this small, inexpensive device. When introduced, it quickly killed the floppy and Zip disks and started the movement toward flash storage. Lock 32 MB of storage 2000 Solid- State Drive When introduced, it gained widespread popularity in handheld devices like phones and cameras. Thin as a quarter, these devices are no longer restricted by the physical size of the unit. 64 GB of storage Cloud Storage 2008 With no moving parts, faster boot times and less physical space, they are now the new way we store digital media. It would take a staggering 14,985 IBM 350s to match the capacity of one of these drives. NOW Unlimited With online services, consumers can access nearly limitless storage from any Internet connected device. Comparison of Storage 4.4 MB IBM 350 Price of IBM 3380 HDD Storage 2.52 GB Price of 650 MB CD-R Thumb Drives Barracuda 2.1 GB 100 MB Zip 512 MB Wi 3 TB 44 MB $3,200 00 $119 00 iPod Shuffle 2 GB 2 GB 2011 $6.97 8 MB 1956 $49.99 Gmail Storage 2011 2000 7 GB It would take a whopping 465 IBM 350s to match the capacity of an iPod shuffle. 4.4 MB lease for $35,000 00- You would need a total of 72,727 shuffles finnually to match the weight of one IBM 350. 2 GB for only $49.00 Sources,28804,2023689_2023703_2023613,00.html Air Mashable Infographics Design by @mvasilev Research by Mike Vasilev Audio_Tape

The History of Digital Storage

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The whirring hard drives that once occupied entire university labs held but a fraction of the data we carry in our pockets every day — and that’s only 50 years of progress.




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