IBM in the tech world is basically old as dirt and has been around since the beginning, more or less. This massive IBM hard disk stored only 5 megabytes back in 1956 and is absurdly large, not only by today’s standards, but by a decade before that’s standards, and even a decade before *that’s* standards. When was the last time anyone saw a fork lift load a hard disk over 1000 kg (2,200 lbs)?
I wanted to put that number (5 MB) into context for the average computer user today, so I browsed around my computer for something everyone probably has – a standard 1080P desktop background/wallpaper. Putting it in those terms, that massive 2,200lb hard disk could only store about ten background images (about ~500 KB each). This hard disk in the picture is getting loaded up a year after the start of the Vietnam War; even the airline it is being loaded on, Pan Am, hasn’t been in business for 24 years!
All in all, the massive hard disk that looks more like a refrigerator (which, by the way, became popular with consumers that same decade) really gives insight into how much technology has evolved.