old-disk-adIt’s amazing how much the price of computers have come down.  Now don’t get me wrong here, I am absolutely NOT complaining.  Depending on how old you are, you may remember things like the ad to the left.

$2,495.00 for a 15 meg hard disk?  I’ll take two!

On that note, it’s also amazing now that I have .mp3s that are bigger than that entire hard drive!

I remember a few years ago when I first started looking for an external hard drive (mostly just to back up my main hard drive but also to store my media files on), they were like $200 for 100 gigs.  Now at the time I thought that was awesome, because the hard drive that came on my computer was only like 80gb.  So not only did I have room to back up everything, but I also had some extra storage space left over.  So I remember buying one of those, and thought it was a good deal.

A few years later I bought a 500gb hard drive for like $150 on sale.  By this point I had a new computer with a 300gb hard drive so I was still able to back up everything without any problem.

I’ve also noticed that, since the early 2000s or so, the prices of computers have stayed more or less constant.  You can go to a big box retailer and reasonably expect to pay between $500 and $1,200 or so to get a decent computer.  It won’t be a super awesome gaming rig with tons of video memory and 2 monitors, but it will be enough for most people.  This is in stark contrast to the 80s and 90s when computers were $2,000 or more.

I also love how everything is getting smaller.  Do you remember laptops from the mid 90s?  They were thick and had small screens with laggy response time.  Of course, you were cool if you had one, but today they’re much thinner and have bigger screens.

But perhaps the coolest thing is that you don’t even need physical media to store your data anymore.  You can just copy all your files to the cloud and access them from wherever you want.  And it’s like $8 a month for 75gb of storage, or about $9 for 250gb (according to this Justcloud review).  I think I can see this being a feasible market if you’re the kind of person who travels a lot and doesn’t want to bring external storage media with you on your trips.  All you’d really need is a laptop, or really just a computer somewhere and you can log in and get what you need.

I wonder if at some point in the future, all hard drive storage will be online.