In Pictures: External Data Storage Through The Ages

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  • turbotong
    Where are the portable hard drives?
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  • pharoahhalfdead
    Wow, so many painful memories. I remember using multiple floppy disks consecutively just to install a single program.

    Often people use the phrase, "The good ol' days," but I don't think that applies here." Nevertheless, enjoyable article.
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  • g-unit1111
    I still have my Zip drive. It doesn't work but I have it and all my disks.

    I'm still amazed at the fact that the 32GB micro SD card that I purchased for my new phone is smaller than a dime.
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  • ltdan
    I still have my SuperDisk drive, I used it until a few years ago to read old floppies. 750MB was HUGE back then, now it's just a drop in the TerraBuckit.
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  • turbotong
    Where are the portable hard drives?
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  • pharoahhalfdead
    Wow, so many painful memories. I remember using multiple floppy disks consecutively just to install a single program.

    Often people use the phrase, "The good ol' days," but I don't think that applies here." Nevertheless, enjoyable article.
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  • GI_JONES
    I used to work for a place that had a digital camera that used 3.5in floppies for storage.
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  • g-unit1111
    I still have my Zip drive. It doesn't work but I have it and all my disks.

    I'm still amazed at the fact that the 32GB micro SD card that I purchased for my new phone is smaller than a dime.
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  • runswindows95
    GI_JONESI used to work for a place that had a digital camera that used 3.5in floppies for storage.


    I remember those Sony Mavica cameras. They didn't take the best photos, but data transfer was easy.

    Also, it's scary that the 3.5" floppy lasted the longest so far. I finally throw out all my floppy discs last year. When you got 1TB sitting on your desk, and 8GB on your keys, what good is 1.4MB now. I still use CD-RW's and DVD+RW's though. I've got a lot of projects I burn to them, so worse case scenario, I will only have to fix them to a certain point, and not redo them all.
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  • lemlo
    I can remember installing Os/2 warp (my fav os of all time) multiple times on 3.5s. It took foreeeever! We're talking stacks apon stacks of disks to get the entire os installed. Life was good :)
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  • lemlo
    Used to use 5.25's too and a real good game could be on 3-5 of those disks too back in the 80's. Cga was heavy stuff i tell ya.
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  • jaquith
    Hmm...what about Millenniata M-DISC? It's pretty cool :)

    1000 Year lifespan! M-DISC - http://millenniata.com/m-disc/ Example LG's WH12LS39 Blu-Ray - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136241

    I've used a lot of those over the years, it's kinda making me feel old. Yeah, I remember the 'stack' of floppies to install Office, PageMaker, etc. I too remember the 'fun days' of modems to download OS updates...geez. Think happy thoughts.
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  • agnickolov
    5.25 inch floppies have lived much longer than 1982. I still had such a floppy in 1993 for example - in a newly built 486 computer, side by side with the 3.5 inch floppy.

    Also, 3.5 inch floppies reached 2.88 MB. That standard (introduced by IBM) didn't become popular, but it did exist for a while.

    Finally, the most important form of external storage today is missing - external HDDs. These go up to 5TB at present IIRC.
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  • victorious 3930k
    USB drives can come with 1TB (at $3000 and in a Victorinox Swiss Army knife)
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  • gam0reily
    Its pathetic that I had use for floppies until 2006. I had a floppy disk reader in my old system, which produced iritating noises. I took it out a year ago from that system.
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  • Nibhor
    My Commodore64 used to use common audio tapes before I upgraded to 5.25 floppy disks.

    It was really easy to make a copy with a simple double tape recorder.
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  • A Bad Day
    I remember years ago, when my dad was frustrated that my teacher demanded us to use flash drives instead of floppy disks.

    "Floppy disks are so cheap! Why does your teacher dislike it?"


    Oh, and we also have a Laserdisc player and a few musical videos featuring the non-CGI old version of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
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  • Microgoliath
    Isn't floppy disk still the best and safest way to update your bios? Correct me if I'm wrong please xD.
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  • zodiacfml
    Though the SD card is popular, before that is the Compact Flash standard with two variants. My first digital camera used such.
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  • teddymines
    pharoahhalfdeadWow, so many painful memories. I remember using multiple floppy disks consecutively just to install a single program.

    The infamous Floppy Shuffle! I still recall buying 50 generic 5.25" floppies in a bag from a guy at college in 1987.
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  • commhealy
    what about holographic storage?
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  • maxinexus
    Remember the times when windows 95 was on like 15 1.44 floppy disks...installing a windows was quite a workout lol
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  • nforce4max
    MicrogoliathIsn't floppy disk still the best and safest way to update your bios? Correct me if I'm wrong please xD.


    Indeed it is plus it is easy :s
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