The Evolution of Computer Storage

The growth of computer technology has placed pressure on the need for storage devices that were able to accommodate the desire for larger storage space, portability and durability. During the early decades of computer storage expansion, advances came along at a slow but steady pace, where more recent years have shown a rapidly increasing rate of development. We have gone from counting our available storage space in bits to today’s practically limitless capabilities and very common network storage solutions we use today.

Bits – The storage technology during the 1950s consisted of punch cards that could store about 960 bits of information.

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Mega Bites

  1. Magnetic Tape – This came along in the ‘60s in the form of a reel and could reach up to 4,800 feet in length. It could also store as much information as 10,000 punch cards.
  2. 5.25” Floppy Disk – The appeal behind the floppy disk was the ability to use a more portable storage device for home PCs. They were also used to house classic computer games that were popular during the ‘70s.
  3. 3.5” Floppy Disk – These disks were popular for about three decades due to their storage capabilities, portability and resilience to damage. The 3.5” floppy disk could store about 1.44 MBs.
  4. CD – With 450 times the storage capacity of a typical floppy disk, the CD was in high demand during the ‘90s and is still used today.
  5. Zip Disk – This device could store between 100 to 750 MBs and was an ideal choice for backing up files.

Giga Bites – Flash drives were the next step in large data storage with the ability to hold up to 256 GBs. They were also cost-effective and easy-to-use in addition to being able to hold a lot of data.

Terra Bites – Portable hard drives are capable of storing as much as 4 TBs and are useful for backing up large or important files.

Unlimited – The opportunity to use cloud storage offers consumers close to limitless storage possibilities. With cloud storage you can store, send, share, access and archive files from any internet-enabled device.

How do you get your data from one device to another? Share below.

By Bruno Galera

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