Data Storage: Walking Through 50 Years of Hard Disk Drive History
IDEMA, the International Disk Drive and Materials Association, hosted its annual DISKCON conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Sept. 23 and 24. Included as a bonus on the show floor was a literal walk down memory lane for older engineers. This was a display of history-making hard drives, staged by longtime industry analyst and consultant Jim Porter. Many veteran engineers gazed at the artifacts with almost loving eyes: "I spent about a year of my life working on that one," said one industry veteran. Another commented that another model "was a bear--but we got the job done." No matter what, it took many millions of man-hours to develop these machines that we take so much for granted today. What follows is a chronological walk through history, remembering a number of the most important advances in HHD history. Perhaps you'll see one you worked on yourself. Enjoy!