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Thin coatings of cobalt, cobalt-nickel, and cobalt-phosphorous have been in use for some years as a medium in recording drums. Recent papers - have described the recording properties of chemical- and electro-deposits on flexible plastic bases for in-contact digital tape recording. The loop squareness and high coercivities achievable in films of a few microinches thickness makes them particularly suitable for high packing density storage. This paper describes the preparation and recording properties of vacuum-deposited cobalt films of varying thickness and coercivity. Comparisons made with oxide tapes show that a marked improvement in packing density is achievable. Correlations between pulse width and amplitude with thickness and magnetic properties throw some light on the mechanism of pulse recording.