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It's a hard disk drive in 1956 With 5mb capacity!

old hard drive and forkliftI first put this picture on the website about five years ago but thought it was worth revisiting in the light of current computer technology.

In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first "SUPER"' computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD weighed over a ton and stored a whopping 5 MB of data! It cost $35,000!

Here it's shown being carried by a pedestrian operated fork lift truck.

The truck looks remarkably like an old Yale M15 or M20. Can anyone identify it properly?

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