My first storage medium was paper tape. Narrow strips of tape with holes punched out of it to store programs and data, could be printed out of a tape-puncher attached to a paper-based TTY terminal, or read into the terminal. Then, I used punch cards. Eventually I upgraded to a casette player for small data sets, and a tiny magnetic rectangle for my TI 59.
And I can relive all of these experiences with a walk down memory lane. …
Computer Data Storage Through the Ages — From Punch Cards to Blu-Ray
By the way, when the 5.25 inch floppy disk was replaced with with the 3.5 inch plastic dis in South Africa, what do you think they called them?
Stiffies! They still call them that. “Hand me that stiffy, would you?” and so on.