The History of Electronic File Storage
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In 1952, IBM introduced its first electronic digital computer, the IBM 726. This computer used magnetic tape to store information.
In 1956, The IBM 350 disk file became the new storage device. The IBM 1301 Disk Drive was used in the 7000 series main frame computers. Soon after, virtual memory emerged in 1962.
In 1971, an IBM team invented the 8-inch floppy diskette, but was too large for many computers so the 5 ¼ floppy was introduced soon after in 1976.
In 1980, the first hard drives were created by Seagate Technology and then Magnetic Tape Cartridge Systems and CD-ROMS were introduced in the mid 80’s. These storage devices began to store more and more data.
During the 1990’s, the Zip Disk was released, which increased the capacity of a single disk from 100Mbytes to 2GB. Memory sticks and DVD’s followed shortly after. At the turn of the century, USB flash drives and Blu-Ray disks were introduced and continued to maximize storage space.
Today, we are now able to store our data in the Cloud and on remote servers that we can access from the Internet! Please visit the following websites to see where I gathered my data and learn more:
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