A journey through the ages of storage: how storage has evolved over the past 50 years


It’s hard to imagine a world without powerful storage options like HUAWEI mobile cloud. After all, you get 5GB of free space every month (equivalent to around 2,500 high-res photos), backups are done automatically, and you can access your files from any device with an Internet connection. Not so long ago, we were stuck with paper files and photo albums to keep track of everything important to us. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and learn about the evolution of storage to better appreciate what we have today.

The era of floppy disks

It all started in 1976 with the invention of the humble 5.25 inch floppy disk. At the time, there was a need to produce a disk drive small enough to be used with a desktop computer. And how much could these floppy disks store? It all started with a whopping 100KB. Think of your Word document of a few pages. Yeah, that’s all he could store.

In practical terms, this meant that desktop computers had to have hard drives to store information. So, in the 1980s, the first consumer hard drive was released. The 5MB model became an instant hit in serving the booming personal computer market. Putting that into perspective, by today’s standards, a 5MB video is about a minute long at standard 720p HD resolution. At the time, this was a critically important invention, as it cemented the foundation of the hard drives we have today.

Having so much storage at your beck and call meant that the floppy disk was no longer adequate. Instead, in 1981 the 3.5 inch hard drive was released. These almost doubled the capacity of the floppy disk to around 162KB. Although this is still far from our requirements of today’s connected world, it was truly revolutionary in the early 80’s.

The CD is coming

Soon after, CD-ROMs were introduced to the computer market in 1984. These could store up to 550MB of data. The first consumer product released on CD-ROM was an encyclopedia which took up only 12% of the available space. Considering CD drives have only recently been phased out of most computers, it’s amazing to think the technology has lasted this long.

In 1984 we also saw the introduction of USB flash drives that we use today. Flash memory in the 80s and 90s was primarily used in computers and not for consumer storage. It wasn’t until 2000 that the first USB product was sold. Called a thumb drive, it supports up to 128MB of storage. Considering that the highest capacity flash drive available today is 1TB, it’s obvious we’ve come a long way in a short time.

Make way for the cloud

Today we have mobile cloud storage – Huawei’s mobile cloud – that easily supports your storage needs. You can save your documents, photos, videos, and any other important files or apps to the cloud. With your HUAWEI ID, you can log in and access your documents easily and securely from any device, anywhere in the world. Storage space is no longer an issue. Whether you need 5GB or 2TB, the choice is yours.

For a limited time only, HUAWEI Mobile Cloud is offering device users the chance to claim 50% off the 200GB plan. That’s 200GB of space you can do whatever you want; to get the offer, click here.

Storage has come a long way over the past 50 years, and our lives have definitely gotten easier now that you can take your important documents and keepsakes wherever you go. All you need is your device. To learn more about Huawei Mobile Cloud, click here.


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