Here’s How Hard it Was to Move a 5MB IBM Hard Drive in 1956
In 1956, IBM’s Data Processing Division in southern San Jose, Ca transported the first hard-drive that only held a whopping 5 megabytes of storage.
The hard-drive pictures above, most likely the IBM Model 305 RAMAC, only had room to hold 6 copies of that actual image. The hard-drive wasn’t even available for purchase — a company could lease the storage for around $3,200 a month, the equivalent of $28,000 today when you account for inflation.
Today, a portable hard-drive that fits in your back pocket can hold two terabytes, about 400,000 times more space than the first hard drive — and that costs less than $60.