The disk drive industry was born in 1956 with the launch of an IBM computer that offered random-access storage on 50 aluminum disks. It weighed over 2,000 pounds and had a total storage capacity of five megabytes on its 24-inch disks.
While the invention of the disk drive was an important milestone, it is only half of the story. The other half is the engineering endeavor that enabled amazing increases in disk drive capacity along with equally amazing reductions in size and cost.
Through continuous innovation, the disk drive industry has given consumers a robust storage capability unmatched in price, capacity and performance. Disk drives have changed our lives and made it possible for us to live and work as never before thought possible.