Data storage history quiz

We tend to take storage for granted these days, and expect bigger, better and faster performance out of our hardware and software. But did you know that storage has a long and illustrious history that started out not so big or so fast? Take our data storage history quiz and see how much you know about the beginning of data storage. You just might be surprised.

We tend to take storage for granted these days, and expect bigger, better and faster performance out of our hardware and software. But did you know that storage has a long and illustrious history that started out not so big or so fast? Take our data storage history quiz and see how much you know about the beginning of data storage. You just might be surprised.

1. Seagate Technology created the first hard disk drive for microcomputers. How much data could it hold?
a. 5 megabytes
b. 3 megabytes
c. 1 gigabyte
d. 10 kilobytes
Do you know the answer?

2. In 1956, magnetic disk storage appeared with IBM's 305 RAMAC. This disk consisted of 50 magnetically coated metal platters. How many bytes of data could it hold?
a. 10,000
b. 100,000
c. One million
d. Five million
Do you know the answer?

3. What was the original name of CIFS?
Do you know the answer?

4. The first CD-ROMs could hold how many megabytes of prerecorded data?
a. 550 megabytes
b. 500 megabytes
c. 50 megabytes
d. 5 megabytes
Do you know the answer?

5. In what year did Sony introduce the first 3.5-inch floppy disk drives and diskettes?
a. 1980
b. 1985
c. 1979
d. 1981
Do you know the answer?

6. In the last 20 years there has been an information explosion, and today we have hard disk drives with capacities in the hundreds of gigabytes. Just a generation ago we weren't talking gigabytes. Do you know how much data an early floppy disk drive could?
a. 2.65 megabytes
b. 100 megabytes
c. 25 megabytes
d. 1.44 megabytes
Do you know the answer?

7. In what year did Bob Metcalf present Ethernet to the National Computer Conference?
a. 1980
b. 1979
c. 1976
d. 1973
Do you know the answer?

8. RAID was first patented by IBM in 1978 but who defined it?
Do you know the answer?

9. Do you know who developed magnetic core memory?
Do you know the answer?

10. What company created NFS for file serving?
a. Sun Microsystems
b. Cisco Systems Inc.
c. Hitachi Data Systems Inc.
d. IBM
Do you know the answer?

This was first published in December 2004

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