Making the Perfect Record: From Inscription to Impression in Early Magnetic Recording

A Prehistory

Of course, in the history of magnetic recording, the hard drive did not immediately succeed the telegraphone. Between the two, magnetic wire, tape, and floppy disks (among others) were popular storage media in the United States and elsewhere.

(This note comments on the page titled, “Before the Hard Drive,” as well as the attached video titled, “‘Search at San Jose’ (ca. 1956).”)

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