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12MB hard-drives for "only" $3,495
That 12MB hard drive, by itself, would run you $3,495. I don't believe that, other than some antique hardware, I have anything in my house with less than 1GB of storage on it.
If you couldn't afford a hard drive, there was always cassette tape
Too rich for your blood? Well you could always use a cassette-tape recorder for your programs and data—except on the XT. It didn't come with a cassette-tape interface. Darn it!
Linux is 8 years away, but you could still run Unix on PCs
You might not have been able to run Linux in 1983, but thanks to a pair of companies named SCO and Microsoft (you might have heard of them) you could run Unix on 1983's PCs.