Today, hard disk space and memory are just two of the many things we take for granted in the world of technology. Computers are fitted with drives that can hold terabytes upon terabytes of data. And we can never get enough memory — why live with just 4 gigabytes of RAM when you can have 32 gigabytes? It didn’t use to be like this though. The following vintage advertisements will make you wonder who on earth would have been able to afford a computer.
This is one of the more recent ads, printed in 1984. 10 megabytes for a special sale price of $945. That’s $94.5 per megabyte if you can’t do the math.
In 1980, a 10 megabyte hard disk would cost $3,495. What a bargain!
A 10 megabyte hard disk from Morrow Designs retailed for $3,695. Want a 26 megabyte hard disk instead? That’ll be $4,995.
The hard disk you’be been waiting for. Not anymore.
Here’s a 15 MB hard disk, and at $2,495 it seems like good value too.
Would you fork out $4,999 for 18 MB?
Don’t even bother if you’re not filthy rich. $12K for 80 MB.
No idea how much this 80 MB Seagate hard disk cost but it’s a Seagate. So, no thanks.
Now, we turn to memory. Would you be able to afford 16 KB of memory for $495? Plus, I didn’t realise memory needed burning in. Interesting.
When you have to pay $1,495 for 64 KB of memory, cost effective it is not.
Bonus: The industry’s most advanced 100/200 megabyte disk drive. The thing looks like a washing machine.