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Half a century of hard drives
Written by Gizmo   
Monday, 11 September 2006 10:57

CNET has a nice article on the various changes that hard drives have gone through over the last 50 years:

"Crown Zellerbach, at one time a major paper producer in San Francisco, was the first company to install a RAMAC (Random Access Method of Accounting and Control) machine, the first IBM computer with a then-newfangled piece of storage technology called a hard drive, according to Jim Porter, president of analysis firm Disk/Trend. The RAMAC--officially announced on Sept. 13, 1956--weighed 1 ton and stored 5MB of data on 50 spinning platters, 24 inches in diameter.

Porter worked at Crown, which got the RAMAC because the company delivered a lot of computer card stock to IBM.

'Any time we had a business guest, they wanted to see it, so I'd take them three levels below Market Street to the computer room. You could see the head assembly moving back and forth. It put on a good show," Porter recalled. "I showed it off dozens of times.'"

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