tape drive

tape drive
   A computer peripheral device that reads from and writes to magnetic tape. The drive may use tape on an open reel or from an enclosed tape cartridge. Because tape-management software must search from the beginning of the tape every time it wants to find a file (a process called sequential access), tape is too slow to use as a primary storage system; however, tapes are frequently used to back up hard disks.
   See also streaming tape.

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