From paper tape to data sticks: The evolution of removable storage

Over the years, people have tried to transfer information from one computer to another in a dizzying number of ways. Here's a look at some of the best, along with others that time forgot.

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<h2>Punched Paper Tape</h2><br><br>Most of the earliest computers used spools of paper tape, which stored information via punch holes. Some early machines, like the Colossus Mark 1 (1944), operated entirely on the data fed in by the tape in real time. Later computers, like the Manchester Mark 1 (1949), read in programming from tape and stored it in a primitive type of electronic memory for later execution. <br><br>Various computers during the next three decades continued to use paper tape for both input and output, and the medium experienced a brief renaissance in the mid-1970s among personal computer hackers who were attracted to its low cost. <br><br>Photos: [[xref:http://www.flickr.com/photos/bilodeau/3795862524|Ed Bilodeau|Ed Bilodeau]] (L) / [[xref:http://www.flickr.com/photos/artdecodeer/103310584|Chris Pheiffer|Chris Pheiffer]] (R)

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