If you guessed approximately 2 billion, you'd be right, according to John Monroe, an analyst at Gartner.
The hard drive-which was invented by IBM--debuted on September 13, 1956, nearly fifty years ago, and the devices have become fairly indispensable to the computer industry. (Electronic computers had their big coming out party with the ENIAC sixty years ago this year.)
The drive industry and organizations such as IDEMA plan to celebrate with an event at the Computer History Museum on September 12.
More fun facts from Monroe: roughly 201.6 million drives got produced in the first half. "We … Read more