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23rd century tape technology is introduced to the 22nd century mirror universe

Microtapes, also called tapes, were a type of computer memory storage medium used by Earth and Federation space exploration vessels from the 21st through the 23rd centuries.

In 2065, the recorder marker of the SS Valiant was so equipped. When the marker was recovered by the USS Enterprise in 2265, both Captain Kirk and Science Officer Spock hoped that "its tapes were still intact" despite the age of the marker and its distressed condition. Spock later commented that the tapes were burned out, but he was able to interpolate data stored in the memory banks. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")

Whatever the mechanics of these tapes might be, they are susceptible to being scanned and understood by advanced races. The Talosians did so in 2254, as well as Balok in 2266. (TOS: "The Cage", "The Corbomite Maneuver")

Constitution-class vessels routinely carried a large number of entertainment tapes; more than other class vessels, including the Antares. (TOS: "Charlie X")

In addition, the sensors aboard Constitution-class vessels maintained "microtape" records. In 2267, the USS Constellation's tapes were pulled and beamed to the Enterprise for analysis of the planet killer. (TOS: "The Doomsday Machine")

A version of these tapes resembled 20th century floppy discs but with far greater capacity. (TOS: "The Cage", "The Menagerie, Part I", "The Menagerie, Part II", "Tomorrow is Yesterday", "And the Children Shall Lead", "The Lights of Zetar", "Obsession"; TAS: "The Survivor"; ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II")

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