Friday, June 09, 2006

A Yardstick - Hard Drives Cost Per Megabyte

This is one of the yardsticks I use to see how prices are dropping or capability is increasing in computer hardware.

In 1986, I bought a 30 Meg hard drive for my Mac SE and it cost me $700. That comes to $23.33 per megabyte.

Today I can go buy a 500 Gig hard drive for $300. $0.00059 per megabyte. A bit over 1/17th of a cent per megabyte.

20 years ago, hard drives were 39,548 times more expensive.

Cool :)


P.S. Yes, I'm sure I could find the 500 Gig drive cheaper, but this will do for the yardstick.

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