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Tape

Magnetic tapeA magnetically thin coated piece of plastic wrapped around wheels capable of storing data. Tape is much less expensive than other storage mediums, but it is a much slower solution that was typically only used for backup.

Today, tape has mostly been abandoned for faster and more reliable solutions like disc drives, hard drives, and flash drives. The image to the right is a picture and example of magnetic tape taken by KENPEI and shared under the creative commons.

Also see: Sequential access, Storage device, Tape drive terms