You can only stand on the shoulders of giants by stepping on the shoulders of successively taller people.
I think that trope only works for people who are inclined toward superstition. If an alien were to demonstrate teleportation or replication or something else equally far fetched, I would look at it as advanced technology, not magic.
I'm skeptical of magic in general, though.
For example, the scifi series Perry Rhodan, which started in the 60s, had people use punch cards up until the year 3000 AD, the reboot spinoff in 2006 has tablets and microSD cards being thrown around before the heroes even meet the aliens.
UFO sightings didn't drop because everyone started carrying cameras, it's because aliens developed cloaking technology.
But for some reason the quality of pictures doesn’t improve with quality of the cameras :)
Silly me. I thought it would take a cube.
If by chance you are mis-remembering and it was a 90 megabyte hard drive, it may have been these real things: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microdrive#Microdrive_models_b... If you didn't mis-remember, well, it's still an interesting diversion of a link under the circumstances.