Ghosts of tech past: Photos of data storage from the 1950s - 1980s

Commodore 1541

Today we think of data storage in terms of memory cards, solid-state drives, traditional hard disks, and high-speed tape libraries. Take a trip back in time to see storage examples of the 1950s through 1980s, as displayed at the InfoAge Science Center located in Wall, New Jersey.

The Commodore 1541 may be the most famous 5.25-inch floppy disk drive of the 1980s. If you had a Commodore 64 microcomputer, then you had a 1541 and memorized the command LOAD "*", 8, 1.

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By Evan Koblentz

Evan became a technology reporter during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. He published a book, "Abacus to smartphone: The evolution of mobile and portable computers" in 2015 and is executive director of Vintage Computer Federation, a 501(c)3 non-p...