Definitions for tape drive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tape drive, tape transport, transport(noun)

    a mechanism that transports magnetic tape across the read/write heads of a tape playback/recorder

Wiktionary

  1. tape drive(Noun)

    A cassette drive.

  2. tape drive(Noun)

    A reel-to-reel tape machine for computers.

  3. tape drive(Noun)

    A tape cartridge interface for computers that reads and/or writes to a tape.

  4. tape drive(Noun)

    A drive mechanism that is used to traverse a tape.

Freebase

  1. Tape drive

    A tape drive is a data storage device that reads and writes data on a magnetic tape. Magnetic tape data storage is typically used for offline, archival data storage. Tape media generally has a favorable unit cost and long archival stability. A tape drive provides sequential access storage, unlike a disk drive, which provides random access storage. A disk drive can move to any position on the disk in a few milliseconds, but a tape drive must physically wind tape between reels to read any one particular piece of data. As a result, tape drives have very slow average seek times. For sequential access once the tape is positioned, however, tape drives can stream data very fast. For example, as of 2010 Linear Tape-Open supported continuous data transfer rates of up to 140 MB/s, comparable to hard disk drives.

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