Month: April 2015

The History of Hard Drives

 

Hard DriveIf you’re like me, ever since hard drives have been around for residential use, I have always struggled to stay within the hard drive limit. Even these days with hard drives getting rather large in storage space. For me, hard drive space is much like my weight, it is very easy to fill the hard drive / put on weight but it is really difficult to make room / lose weight. Let’s hope that you are not all like me and have some space left over because having a full hard drive can actually slow down your computers performance. As an estimate, you want around 10gb’s of hard drive free space.

Well let’s get started with the history of hard drives. The hard drive was a major game changer and was invented by IBM. But it wasn’t until 1956 when commercial use of hard drives began.

The thing is that they were large! Very large. They were usually big enough to have their own separate box of the computer solely dedicated to the hard drive.

Since then each new hard drive replaced a larger and slower version. Now they come in two common sizes, for desktop computers they usually have a 3.5 inch hard drive and for laptops, they have a 2.5 inch hard drive.

There has also been a major re-advancement of hard drives where instead of a spinning hard drive, you can now get a flash or also known as a solid state hard drive. This makes the hard drive much faster and stable. You no longer have to worry so much about knocking your computer when it’s on as the hard drive will not be of risk of becoming corrupt. If you have ever used a solid state hard drive, you would notice a few things. The first being your computers performance has increased. The second is that your computer is far faster to boot up. And thirdly, your computer will be much quieter as you no longer need as many fans.

These days, the biggest hard drive you can get on the market as of today, is 10 TB! I might have some trouble filling that one! No more worries about hard drive space.

Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_hard_disk_drives