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The Development of the first Hard Drive Storage (1952)

Watching the (albeit staged) interactions of the various groups at IBM as they mull over basic concepts of HDDs like what orientation the platters should be in is really interesting.

Seeing them take things into consideration like whether the machine will fit through a doorway, and the superbly manual process of checking platter consistency is a really good reminder of the bootstrapping nature of our technological progress and just how far we’ve come.

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