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

Cassette drive in Commodore PET 2001

The PET 2001 was Commodore's first in-house microcomputer, circa 1977 (they bought the earlier KIM-1 from MOS Technologies). There wasn't a disk drive for the 2001, so Commodore designed a tape drive right into the case.

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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...