Laptop manufacturers killed the internal disk drive, and it was a big mistake

Hard drives have been around since the 1950s and were first created (opens in a new tab) after IBM discovered the ‘Random Access File’ applications. From there, we’ve seen each generation of hard drives get smaller and less bulky, eventually fitting easily into offices and homes. This coincided with the decrease in the size of the disc carriers, which was originally 24 inches but was reduced to the standard 3.5 inch and 2.5 inch size.

The 1990s saw the first DVD-ROM compatible computers, a year after the invention of the DVD format. And in 2003, Toshiba released the first laptop with a built-in DVD-ROM drive, called the Toshiba Portege M100 (opens in a new tab). Funny enough, you can still find this model available for purchase on Ebay, although it’s used and probably in not particularly good condition.

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