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28th May '16 8:25:34 PM Doug86
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* In the original ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' comic in the '60s, Cerebro (!) had a tape drive.

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* In the original ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' ''Comicbook/XMen'' comic in the '60s, Cerebro (!) had a tape drive.
21st Apr '16 7:28:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/TheItalianJob'' (1969), all the traffic lights in Turin were controlled by computer. The heroes caused a massive traffic jam by sneaking into the computer center and hanging a magtape that made the whole system go haywire. Presumably the control software read the tape automatically, as no other interaction was needed. It shouldn't have worked anyway - when the tape is shown being read, it's actually [[SurroundedByIdiots twisted]] over the heads, and should therefore be unreadable
* In the film ''FailSafe'' a (for then) large mainframe computer is focused upon, with the tape drives ''running backwards''. When tapes were used for main storage, not just backup, changing direction and rewriting part of a tape was common, and most mainframe tape drives were just as happy to read data backwards as well as forwards.

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* In ''Film/TheItalianJob'' (1969), ''Film/TheItalianJob1969'', all the traffic lights in Turin were controlled by computer. The heroes caused a massive traffic jam by sneaking into the computer center and hanging a magtape that made the whole system go haywire. Presumably the control software read the tape automatically, as no other interaction was needed. It shouldn't have worked anyway - when the tape is shown being read, it's actually [[SurroundedByIdiots twisted]] over the heads, and should therefore be unreadable
* In the film ''FailSafe'' ''Film/FailSafe'' a (for then) large mainframe computer is focused upon, with the tape drives ''running backwards''. When tapes were used for main storage, not just backup, changing direction and rewriting part of a tape was common, and most mainframe tape drives were just as happy to read data backwards as well as forwards.
23rd Mar '16 1:25:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the Gerry and Sylvia Anderson series ''{{UFO}}'' a montage of flashing lights, spinning tape drives, blocky letters on coloured monitors, swaying female buttocks, and rows of large luminous buttons accompany every RedAlert.

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* In the Gerry and Sylvia Anderson series ''{{UFO}}'' ''Series/{{UFO}}'' a montage of flashing lights, spinning tape drives, blocky letters on coloured monitors, swaying female buttocks, and rows of large luminous buttons accompany every RedAlert.
13th Mar '16 4:17:34 PM johnsmithxxi
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* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', Glomgold's computer in "Wrong way to Ronguay" is of this type.
13th Mar '16 4:14:42 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Series/IDreamofJeannie'': The giant, billion-dollar, brand new NASA computer in "The Girl Who Never Had A Birthday".
8th Feb '16 7:44:18 PM PaulA
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* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' not only does the [[TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension Yoyodyne]]-built [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071208.html computer]] in the Generictown University Science Department have a tape drive (to be fair, the Dean's personal computer is a [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071229.html TRS-80)]], but so does a random [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20091229.html gizmo]] on the alien planet of Butane.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' not only does the [[TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension [[Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension Yoyodyne]]-built [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071208.html computer]] in the Generictown University Science Department have a tape drive (to be fair, the Dean's personal computer is a [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20071229.html TRS-80)]], but so does a random [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20091229.html gizmo]] on the alien planet of Butane.
9th Jan '16 10:32:37 AM nombretomado
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* In one of the numerous ''SpongeBobSquarePants'' TV specials, the Atlanteans have a giant machine which can shrink people down to the size of viruses, and everyone's data gets stored on a magnetic tape drive.
* A first season episode of the ''SuperFriends'' featured the G.E.E.C., a computer that could replace all the world's laborers. It filled many rooms, and sported several reel-to-reel tape drives.

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* In one of the numerous ''SpongeBobSquarePants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' TV specials, the Atlanteans have a giant machine which can shrink people down to the size of viruses, and everyone's data gets stored on a magnetic tape drive.
* A first season episode of the ''SuperFriends'' ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' featured the G.E.E.C., a computer that could replace all the world's laborers. It filled many rooms, and sported several reel-to-reel tape drives.
23rd Jul '15 6:18:11 PM nombretomado
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* Played with in ''MegasXLR'' in the episode "Viva Las Megas", which features [[MonsterOfTheWeek R.E.C.R]], a giant military robot built in the 60's. It has a tape reel and a "massive" 56 kilobyte processor.

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* Played with in ''MegasXLR'' ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' in the episode "Viva Las Megas", which features [[MonsterOfTheWeek R.E.C.R]], a giant military robot built in the 60's. It has a tape reel and a "massive" 56 kilobyte processor.
10th Jul '15 1:39:38 PM bwburke94
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No longer as common, since in RealLife, almost everybody[[note]]except certain industrial class backup systems[[/note]] has stopped using the old-fashioned 9-track mag tape reel because of size and cost, e.g. a 6250 bpi, 1600 foot tape could hold, at most, a little over 100 megabytes of data,[[note]]the normal maximum block size is 32760 bytes, and each 32760-byte block takes, with the gap following it, 5.992 inches[[/note]] and costs about US$12. By 2012, it was possible to walk into a stationery store and buy a microSD card the size of a man's thumbnail for close to $12, and it would hold at least 4 billion bytes, or about 50 times as much as the above tape reel. And that's not even the cheapest example. A top-the-line 4 terabyte[[note]]that's 4,000,000 megabytes, since disk drives are sized in decimal, not binary, units[[/note]] hard drive could often be purchased at or under US$200. That means data storage on modern hardware is ''[[ReadingsAreOffTheScale thousands]]'' of times cheaper today, and that's before factoring in inflation.[[note]]It's impractical to use because of extremely slow random access, not because of low capacity and high cost. Most have moved on to modern tape cassette drives, which has a capacity of up to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tape_drive#History 5 terabytes.]][[/note]]

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No longer as common, since in RealLife, almost everybody[[note]]except certain industrial class backup systems[[/note]] has stopped using the old-fashioned 9-track mag tape reel because of size and cost, e.g. a 6250 bpi, 1600 foot tape could hold, at most, a little over 100 megabytes of data,[[note]]the normal maximum block size is 32760 bytes, and each 32760-byte block takes, with the gap following it, 5.992 inches[[/note]] and costs about US$12. By 2012, it was possible to walk into a stationery store and buy a microSD card the size of a man's thumbnail for close to $12, and it would hold at least 4 billion bytes, or about 50 times as much as the above tape reel. And that's not even the cheapest example. A top-the-line 4 terabyte[[note]]that's 4,000,000 megabytes, since disk drives are sized in decimal, not binary, units[[/note]] 4 ''trillion'' bytes[[/note]] hard drive could often be purchased at or under US$200. That means data storage on modern hardware is ''[[ReadingsAreOffTheScale thousands]]'' of times cheaper today, and that's before factoring in inflation.[[note]]It's impractical to use because of extremely slow random access, not because of low capacity and high cost. Most have moved on to modern tape cassette drives, which has a capacity of up to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tape_drive#History 5 terabytes.]][[/note]]
22nd May '15 11:39:43 AM Medinoc
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* Magnetic tapes are STILL USED today, and new developments are still being made. Fujifilm has announced a 158 TB tape to be available in 2015.

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* Magnetic tapes are STILL USED today, mainly in backup and archiving procedures, and new developments are still being made. Fujifilm has announced a 158 TB tape to be available in 2015.
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