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Minivanman
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250MB Hard Drive....

....... circa 1979. 

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Re: 250MB Hard Drive....

If that's the size of the hard drive...what's the size of the lap-top it goes in? Crazy

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Re: 250MB Hard Drive....

If a object shrank in size by 50% of it's remaining size every year, how many years would it take to reach a point where it did not exist ?

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@Minivanman

Are you sure that photo was taken around 1979 ?

Some of the other things in the photo suggest to me it's a recent photo taken in one of PN's offices.

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@gleneagles -  Well never, due to ∞, but it would be 8 years before the size went minus so I guess that would at least hide it from human view. Wink

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Re: 250MB Hard Drive....

If wouldn't surprise me if some companies Comms Rooms looked like that Grin

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Re: 250MB Hard Drive....

Probably far more reliable than many of todays HDDs too!

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Re: 250MB Hard Drive....

That's a lot of Megabytes for the year..............

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Yes, @gleneagles we now have photographic evidence that PN's new billing system is in the process of being installed, or perhaps it's the old one being removed! Laugh

Saw a computer textbook from about 1970, and hard disk drives were the size of washing machines.  The disks themselves were in stacks of five (I think) and recordable on both sides except for the top and bottom disk, which were only recordable on the bottom and top side respectively.  The book proudly boasted that such a device could hold as much as ... wait for it ... 1MB of data!  Only big corporations such as large airlines could afford such expensive equipment, and they would typically have a number of them storing their reservations.  When I bought my first laptop in 1999 my 5GB hard disk was considered quite large for a laptop, and I found a leaflet from Christmas 1998 advertising a laptop with "a massive 1GB hard disk".

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Re: 250MB Hard Drive....

On a shelf in my office were a couple of 20MB drives waiting to be destroyed.

They had been replaced by a pair of 120MB drives.

Now that's what they call big storage.

It was quite a few years ago now.

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1970 and doing some work in government offices (DHSS I think) down one end of High Street Kensington where they had almost a whole floor given over to a couple of main frame computers - the sort with the big tape discs. It was in an antic-static temperature controlled environment and all the equipment was on a raised anti-static floor. Double door entry to the area and all fully air-conditioned - which was an office rarity back in those days.

They were straight out of 'Man from Uncle' and looked after far better than the staff - who were just mere mortals after all!

Hard to imagine it now I know.

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@Strat The 120MB disks, were they full height ?

Seem to remember those drives being used in Compaq servers many, many years ago.

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@Champnet Yes to both points.

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I had an old 286 years ago dumped on me by a parent that thought it would be good enough to entertain me while they got unlimited use of the normal PC for yahoo chat usage...

 

It was noisy, sluggish, unable to do anything internet related obviously... and it had a 20mb disk. The disk was rather noisy by todays standards but turned out to be around 15 years old and still running without any glitches. I often wonder if I should have kept it rather than binning it.

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Re: 250MB Hard Drive....

The first computers we had in the office were all 286s on a token ring.

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