Jan 03 2012

An Old 5MB Hard Drive Filled Up an Entire Room — Quick Take

Hard drives of the past held far less data, but came in much bigger packages.

If you think your desktop computer takes up too much space, consider yourself lucky that you weren’t in the computer business back in 1956. A 5-megabyte hard drive required a forklift just to move it around back then, as seen in this photo from The Next Web of an IBM 305 RAMAC.

Dubbed a ‘supercomputer’ back in the day, the 5MB hard drive weighed more than a ton. Compare that with a 1.5-terabyte external drive that weighs less than 3 pounds today. We’ve come a long way, baby.

old 5mb hard drive from 1956

For more fun with retro technology, read our article “10 Old-School Technologies Fondly Remembered.”