The Evolution Of External Storage Files

Hard disk drives sure have come a long way; in the 1950’s storage hardware was measured in feet—and in tons. In the late 90’s hard disk were measured in megabytes only a number of files e.g. pictures, documents and folders could be stored onto the internal hard disk because the megabytes were of a small quantity. However, this created a problem when more files needed to be uploaded onto the computer for the reason that the small quantity in size would not allow a lot of files to be saved onto the computer disk and a number of downloads could not be completed.

The introduction of floppy disks allowed users to have another alternative way to store files besides computer disks. Floppy disks were a rectangular plastic; they became very popular and commercial in the late 90’s.Throughout, the popularity and the success of the storage space the floppy disks decided to go through numerous improvements the storage capacity become bigger it started off with about 80 kilobytes with the improvements it became 1.44 megabytes. At the time it was an amazing feeling knowing that more storage was now made available. 

After the demise of floppy disks, USB flash drives became more popular and the new alternative way to store files. Unlike the floppy disk, USB sticks were smaller yet had a larger storage capacity than floppy disks. Even though the first USB sticks could only store around 512MB, over time there was a gradual increase of 8GB and 16GB USB sticks which became really popular. Currently, the largest storage capacity for USBs is 2TB (which is pretty much the capacity as a computer!) Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive was introduced; which stored files and documents under The Cloud network. With this, we believe that storing files on The Cloud will take over the use of USBs in the future.