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December 21st, 2009, 01:35 AM   #1
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Evolution of data storage capacity in time

You guys should have a look at the graph below, which represents hard drives storage capacity over time and basically shows that storage capacity was multiplied by a hundred every ten years. Even though we must account for the fact that a couple of decades ago those hard disks with maximum storage capacity were not marketed to the large public, it can give a good idea of what the next few years might have in store for us

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May 1st, 2010, 12:30 AM   #2
 
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Re: Evolution of data storage capacity in time

I still remember when 20GB HardDrive and 128MB RAM was a monster system with a single core barely half a ghz lolz
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Yeah, my first desktop computer was a Compaq Presario with a 3.2 GB hard drive and a 200 Mhz processor. This was back in 1998 (which is quite consistent which the previous graph showing the evolution of hard drive capacity in time). Today, this computer is still lying somewhere on top of a closet at my parents' house: I never had the heart to discard it :lol:
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first computer I ever used was watching my father program games for the amiga and reverse engineering them
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Re: Evolution of data storage capacity in time

People, I still remember when a 20MB hard disk was the average, all around PC.
And I remember one of my univ. class mates to loan $3000 (considering inflation this should be around $5000-$6000 today) to purchase a "mean machine" with that amound of hard drive, operating Windows 3.11 running over MS-DOS, a loan he only payed a couple of years after finishing graduation and working for HP

Last year I bought a 1.5TB disk, I put all my computer life in it (including pictures) and still was left with 2/3 of remaining space (although since I decided to make ISO images of my DVD's that gap is closing FAST... )

That's evolution... But I miss those 20MB days... Not, in computer terms, particularly, but because I was young then!
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Well, one of the drawbacks of so high storage capacity is informational pollution. I guess we tend to store more when there's more disk space available, i.e. we become less critical in terms of what deserves to be backup-ed and what doesn't. I'd be curious to know what percentage of data storage this phenomenon of "informational pollution" represents.
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