I remember when cassette tape drives were used to load computer programs. That was the first drive available for home computers. Our TRS-80s at school had tape drives.
My workplace also backs up our servers on tape drives. They're better than nothing, for sure, but it's slow going to restore a drive from them!
It was a big day when we graduated to five-inch floppy disks and then three-inch disks. Then we got CDs and finally, flash drives, which are universally wonderful.