History Main / ComputerEqualsTapedrive

4th Dec '17 3:20:36 AM Omeganian
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** In ''Film/RogueOne'' we get to see said tapes, along with many others at the Imperial data center on Scarif.

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** In ''Film/RogueOne'' we get to see said tapes, along with many others at the Imperial data center on Scarif. Makes one wonder whether it's an accident the storage units look so much like VHS boxes.
29th Nov '17 6:36:38 PM lightningfury
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* Magnetic tapes are the precursors of today's hard drive. Surprisingly, they ''are'' still used in the modern day, and new developments are still being made; as of 2017, Ul trium LTO-7 tapes are available, storing 15TB of data. They're mainly stored in a backup location far from the main site of the source data, used as a long-lived backup and/or to replace data in case of a disaster. The reason is that magnetic tapes can be easily swapped quickly (since only the tape needs to be replaced) while hard drives cannot (unless the center pays for a hard drive that can, which can cost thousands). Also, when properly stored, in a dry and climate-controlled environment, magnetic tapes last for ''decades'', moreso than hard drives or [=CDs=].

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* Magnetic tapes are the precursors of today's hard drive. Surprisingly, they ''are'' still used in the modern day, and new developments are still being made; as of December 2017, Ul trium LTO-7 Ultrium LTO-8 tapes are available, storing 15TB 32TB of data. They're mainly stored in a backup location far from the main site of the source data, used as a long-lived backup and/or to replace data in case of a disaster. The reason is that magnetic tapes can be easily swapped quickly (since only the tape needs to be replaced) while hard drives cannot (unless the center pays for a hard drive that can, which can cost thousands). Also, when properly stored, in a dry and climate-controlled environment, magnetic tapes last for ''decades'', moreso than hard drives or [=CDs=].
6th Nov '17 3:09:36 PM NekoTroper
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** In ''Film/RogueOne'' we get to see said tapes, along with many others at the Imperial data center on Scarif.
31st Oct '17 11:47:11 PM Kadorhal
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* Played with in ''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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', The computer system that stores [[spoiler:The minds of the Venture brothers]] is apparently run on tape.
** In another episode, [[spoiler: malevolent supercomputer]] M.U.T.H.eR. is on a reel-to-reel mainframe. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded when M.U.T.H.eR.]] [[spoiler: tries to launch a nuclear missile]]; while everyone is panicking, Pete White mentions that a computer that runs on such an ancient mainframe (and uses a dial-up modem) can't act very quickly.

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* Played with in ''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.
56-kilobyte processor; Coop taunts it by telling it he's got ten-year-old video games that are more technologically advanced than it is.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', The the computer system that stores [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:the minds of the Venture brothers]] is apparently run on tape.
** In another episode, [[spoiler: malevolent supercomputer]] M.U.T.H.eR. is on a reel-to-reel mainframe. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded Lampshaded]] when M.U.T.H.eR.]] [[spoiler: tries [[spoiler:tries to launch a nuclear missile]]; while everyone else is panicking, Pete White mentions that a computer that runs on such an ancient mainframe (and uses a dial-up modem) can't act very quickly.



* Magnetic tapes are the precursors of today's hard drive.
* Magnetic tapes are STILL USED today, mainly in backup and archiving procedures, and new developments are still being made. Currently Ul trium LTO-7 tapes are available, storing 15TB of data in 2017.
** The reason is that magnetic tapes can be easily swapped quickly (since only the tape needs to be replaced) while hard drives cannot (unless the center pays for a hard drive that can, which can cost thousands).
** There is also the fact that when properly stored, in a dry and climate controlled environment, magnetic tapes last for decades. Try getting an HDD or CD to last that long.
** Typically stored far away from the site of the source data in case of a disaster. Data can be restored from the tapes ensuring business continuity.

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* Magnetic tapes are the precursors of today's hard drive.
* Magnetic tapes are STILL USED today, mainly
drive. Surprisingly, they ''are'' still used in backup and archiving procedures, the modern day, and new developments are still being made. Currently made; as of 2017, Ul trium LTO-7 tapes are available, storing 15TB of data. They're mainly stored in a backup location far from the main site of the source data, used as a long-lived backup and/or to replace data in 2017.
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case of a disaster. The reason is that magnetic tapes can be easily swapped quickly (since only the tape needs to be replaced) while hard drives cannot (unless the center pays for a hard drive that can, which can cost thousands).
** There is also the fact that
thousands). Also, when properly stored, in a dry and climate controlled climate-controlled environment, magnetic tapes last for decades. Try getting an HDD ''decades'', moreso than hard drives or CD to last that long.
** Typically stored far away from the site of the source data in case of a disaster. Data can be restored from the tapes ensuring business continuity.
[=CDs=].
27th Oct '17 11:51:13 AM lightningfury
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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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* 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 Currently Ul trium LTO-7 tapes are available, storing 15TB of data in 2015.2017.


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** Typically stored far away from the site of the source data in case of a disaster. Data can be restored from the tapes ensuring business continuity.
22nd Oct '17 2:51:15 PM Kadorhal
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* ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'' had one of the Imperial brass on the Death Star mention that said superweapon's plans were stored on tapes. The opening does say that the series is set a long time ago...
** Cue some joker (I think it was ''Robot Chicken'', but don't quote me) commenting that they have all these hi-tech goodies but the most advanced recording medium they have is tapes.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'' had one of the Imperial brass on the Death Star mention that said superweapon's plans were stored on tapes. The opening does say that the series is set a long time ago...
ago.
** Cue some joker (I think it was ''Robot Chicken'', but don't quote me) commenting that they [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/67.html Cue]] Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic:
-->'''Darth Vader:''' We
have all these hi-tech goodies but the most advanced recording ability to destroy a planet and ''tape'' is the best backup medium they have is tapes.we have?



* In ''Film/IronSky'', the moon-nazi scientist doesn't beleive that a smartphone is really a computer. He points to, yes, a room-filling beast of a computer with tape reels and blinky lights and says, "That's not a computer. ''This'' a computer!" He's forced to admit his machine is woefully out-of-date upon actually ''using'' said phone. He then reverse-engineers the phone's USB jack and uses it to [[spoiler: run a space cruiser]].

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* In ''Film/IronSky'', the moon-nazi scientist doesn't beleive believe that a smartphone is really a computer. He points to, yes, a room-filling beast of a computer with tape reels and blinky lights and says, "That's not a computer. ''This'' a computer!" He's forced to admit his machine is woefully out-of-date upon actually ''using'' said phone. He then reverse-engineers the phone's USB jack and uses it to [[spoiler: run a space cruiser]].



* The computers in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' are often found with tape drives. In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', these are described as being very modern reel-to-reel devices. Justified, given the slightly twisted alternate history the games exist in (e.g. the transistor was never invented in the ''Falloutverse'').

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* The computers in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' are often found with tape drives. In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', these are described as being very modern reel-to-reel devices. Justified, given the slightly twisted alternate history the games exist in (e.g. the transistor was never invented in the ''Falloutverse'').''Falloutverse''; the background went right on with a 1950s-esque vision of the future for more than a century, right up until the bombs fell).



* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' zig-zags this; the game is set in an AlternateUniverse where Nazi Germany won World War II thanks to [[StupidJetpackHitler super-science]] provided by the BigBad Deathshead. As a result, the Germans have personal computers and even an elaborate moon base in the [=1960s=]...but the launch codes for a stolen nuclear submarine (which are stored at said moon base) come in the form of punchcards.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' features them, given its '60s setting. Memorably, one is used in the fourth mission as the basis for a QuickTimeEvent wherein you sneak up on an unsuspecting guard and ram his head into the tape reel.

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* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' zig-zags this; the game is set in an AlternateUniverse where Nazi Germany won World War II thanks to [[StupidJetpackHitler super-science]] provided by the BigBad Deathshead. As a result, the Germans have personal computers and even an elaborate moon base in the [=1960s=]...1960s... but the launch codes for a stolen nuclear submarine (which are stored at said moon base) come in the form of punchcards.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' features them, given its '60s setting. Memorably, one is used in the fourth mission as the basis for a QuickTimeEvent right before the shooting starts, wherein you sneak up on an unsuspecting guard and ram smash his head into the tape reel.
27th Sep '17 2:57:52 AM bfunc
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** Fry had just hung a pinup of a girl in a bikini. The large round tape reels in Bender's picture have just the right placement to invite comparison to certain large round objects in Fry's picture.
23rd Sep '17 3:50:31 PM nombretomado
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* In the [[The8bitEraOfConsoleVideoGames 8 bit era]] of home computers (Commodore 64, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Dragon, TRS-80 and the like) software was available on cassette tapes, which were the exact same format as the Compact Cassettes that younger tropers associate with the 1990s for some reason (but were actually invented in the 1960s and were just as prevalent in the 1980s).

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* In the [[The8bitEraOfConsoleVideoGames [[UsefulNotes/The8bitEraOfConsoleVideoGames 8 bit era]] of home computers (Commodore 64, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Dragon, TRS-80 and the like) software was available on cassette tapes, which were the exact same format as the Compact Cassettes that younger tropers associate with the 1990s for some reason (but were actually invented in the 1960s and were just as prevalent in the 1980s).
23rd Jul '17 7:06:14 AM WarriorsGate
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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' features them, given its '60s setting. Memorably, one is used in the fourth mission as the basis for a QuickTimeEvent wherein you sneak up on an unsuspecting guard and ram his head into the tape reel.
23rd Jun '17 2:09:28 PM LinTaylor
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* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' zig-zags this; the game is set in an AlternateUniverse where Nazi Germany won World War II thanks to [[StupidJetpackHitler super-science]] provided by the BigBad Deathshead. As a result, the Germans have personal computers and even an elaborate moon base in the [=1960s=]...but the launch codes for a stolen nuclear submarine (which are stored at said moon base) come in the form of punchcards.
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