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Definition: magnetic card


(1) See magnetic stripe.

(2) Wide strips of magnetic tape used in early data storage devices. See CRAM, RACE and Data Cell.




A Data Cell Card
The magnetic tape card on the right came from an IBM Data Cell cartridge in the 1960s. Storing 200KB, it resided with 199 other cards in a cartridge. (Image courtesy of Frank da Cruz, www.columbia.edu/acis/history)