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American Scientist tells us about the history of disk drives.

"Disk drives have never been the most glamorous components of computer systems. The spotlight shines instead on silicon integrated circuits, with their extraordinary record of sustained exponential growth, doubling the number of devices on a chip every 18 months. But disks have put on a growth spurt of their own, first matching the pace of semiconductor development and then surpassing it; over the past five years, disk capacity has been doubling every year. Even technological optimists have been taken by surprise."

 (Submitted by Noel Sat Apr 20, 2002 )


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