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tape drive

Computing a device for reading from or writing to magnetic tape

tape drive

[′tāp ‚drīv]
(computer science)
A tape reading or writing device consisting of a tape transport, electronics, and controls; it usually refers to magnetic tape exclusively.
(engineering acoustics)
(mechanical engineering)
A device that transmits power from an actuator to a remote mechanism by flexible tapes and pulleys.

tape drive

tape drive

A physical unit that holds, reads and writes the magnetic tape. See magnetic tape.
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"When storing data on a Tandberg Data LTO-6 tape drive or
"Of course I want the library that comes with the native Fibre Channel tape drives. The protocol converter is just another piece of hardware to purchase, configure and manage.
The tape drive is designed to deliver LTO storage that incorporates the features expected of LTO tape as well as a low cost of ownership to the end-user.
"CA's BrightStor solutions enable customers to take full advantage of the flexibility of StorageTek's newly enhanced T-Series tape drives by providing end-to-end manageability of their interconnected data center storage environments," said Ed Cooper, director of product marketing for CA's BrightStor solutions.
"With the VXA-1 being the first tape drive to offer SCSI-class features and performance with an IDE interface, Compaq can now address both SCSI and IDE interface needs with one technology," said Bill Almon, vice president, sales and marketing for Ecrix.
The Linux Tape Drive Certification Program is designed to test and certify tape drive manufacturer's devices under the Linux operating system.
has announced the introduction of its digital multimedia tape drive for computers.
But tape drives have limited space, measured in megabytes.
New programs for tape drives now come with a feature called installable file systems (IFS), which uses conventional computer commands to copy individual files from your hard disk to the tape and even to locate files already on the tape.
It may take a while longer to standardize, but a more likely way that widespread implementation of encryption for data at rest will emerge is in the tape drive itself, similar to compression, via an ASIC.
Worldwide Computer Products News-3 February 2003-StorageTek reveals the LTO-2 tape drive for its tape library products(C)1995-2003 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com
The first line of defense was the use of faster and larger tape drives. Tape drives ten years ago had native speeds and capacities in single digits: 2-5 MB/s and 10 GB.