tape drive

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Computing

Electronics

  • A mechanical device which moves a magnetic tape past the heads, for recording, reproducing, or erasing. Such a drive also fast-forwards and rewinds tapes. Also called tape transport, transport, magnetic tape drive (1), or drive (4).
  • In computers, a tape drive (1) used for reading or writing data. Also, a peripheral which incorporates such a drive. Also called tape unit, or magnetic tape drive (2).
  • synonymtape transport
  • synonymtape unit
  • synonymtransport
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