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Interactive HDD evolution.

"History of Hard Disk Drives" is a small knowledge level game to sort the HDD types by year, speed and storage size. Fun educational game to study the properties and attachment of hard disc drives trough the years. IT learning game, suitable for online lessons and interactive classes. Free online game. Hardware games. Minute to win it game. Computer Technology Class for desktop computers, laptops and tablets, which may be played in the web browser. Interactive lesson for 8 grade IT.


This IT class game include the the following evolution stages:
  • 1956 - IBM 350 Disk File - 5MB - transfer rate 8,800 characters per second
  • 1980 - SCSI HDD - 20 MB - transfer rate 1.25 megabytes per second
  • 1990 - ATA(IDE) HDD - 340 MB - transfer rate 5 MB/s
  • 2000 - SATA HDD - 80 GB - transfer rate 150 MB/s
  • 2010 - SATA 3 HDD - 2 TB - transfer rate 270 MB/s
  • 2015 - SSD SATA - 120 GB - transfer rate 3.3 GB/s
  • 2019 - NVMe M.2 SSD - 512 GB - transfer rate 4.4 GB/s
  • * The size of the disks is a common size and not the maximum storage size.
History of Hard Disk Drives Picture

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How to play History of Hard Disk Drives.

There are 7 photos of different types oh hard disk drives at the top of the screen. Drag and drop them in the socked with the correct year at the center of the screen. Sort all 7 HDDs correctly to win the game.


Knowledge Achievements:
Know common properties of HDD and get +1 Knowledge Level.
Difficulty: Easy.

History of Hard Disk Drives Screenshot

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Class subject: History of Hard Disk Drives.

The commercial usage of hard disk drives (HDD) began in 1957, with the shipment of a production IBM 305 RAMAC system including IBM Model 350 disk storage. The earliest drives were usable only in the protected environment of a data center. Later generations progressively reached factories, offices and homes, eventually becoming ubiquitous.

The 1980s saw the minicomputer age plateau as PCs were introduced. Manufacturers such as DEC and Hewlett-Packard continued to manufacture minicomputer compatible hard drive systems as industry demanded higher storage. However by the late '80s, hard disk drives were standard on all but the cheapest PC and floppy disks were used almost solely as transport media. HDDs continued to get smaller with the introduction of the 3.5-inch form factor in the middle of the decade with average size of 20 MB and SCSI attachment.

During 1990s even though there were a number of new entrants, industry participants continued to decline in total to 15 in 1999. The first version of what is now called the ATA/ATAPI interface was standardized in 1994 and common hard drives presented 340 MB storage and 5 MB transfer rate.

SATA was announced in 2000 in order to provide several advantages over the earlier PATA interface such as reduced cable size and cost (seven conductors instead of 40 or 80), native hot swapping, faster data transfer through higher signaling rates, and more efficient transfer through an (optional) I/O queuing protocol.

The basis for flash-based SSDs, flash memory, was invented by in 1980, but common usage begun in the late 2010s.

Technology now develop fast, this game will be updated in 5 years.

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