serpentine recording

serpentine recording

Tape recording format of parallel tracks in which the data "snakes" back and forth from the end of one track to the beginning of the next track.
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Longitudinal serpentine recording media also have a fixed number of tracks (128 to 204) for digital linear tape (DLT) laid down the length of the tape.
Both helical and longitudinal serpentine recording media have a storage capacity and data transfer rate that is five to six times greater than that of longitudinal recording media.
LTO Technology incorporates all of the best recording techniques such as advanced head and servo technology, serpentine recording, and a Cartridge Memory (CM) chip imbedded in the cartridge to store pertinent tape information.