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Definition: cartridge


(1) See phono cartridge and tape cartridge.

(2) A removable storage module for magnetic disks, optical discs, magnetic tape or memory chips. Cartridges typically contain one reel of tape or one disk platter, while cassettes are for tape only and have both a supply and take-up reel. See tape cartridge, magnetic tape, magnetic disk and optical disc.




A Lot of Cartridges
These are most of the tape and disk cartridges and cassettes that were developed starting in the mid-1980s. Except for LTO tapes, all the rest are obsolete. See LTO.






ROM Cartridges
Containing a ROM chip, cartridges such as the yellow one (bottom right) were used to hold games and educational programs. See ROM.