Definition of Tape drive

1. Noun. A mechanism that transports magnetic tape across the read/write heads of a tape playback/recorder.

Exact synonyms: Tape Transport, Transport
Generic synonyms: Mechanism
Group relationships: Tape Deck, Tape Machine, Tape Recorder

Definition of Tape drive

1. Noun. (computing archaic) A cassette drive. ¹

2. Noun. (computing archaic) A reel-to-reel tape machine for computers. ¹

3. Noun. (computing) A tape cartridge interface for computers that reads and/or writes to a tape. ¹

4. Noun. A drive mechanism that is used to traverse a tape. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tape Drive

tape cartridge
tape deck
tape delay
tape delays
tape drive (current term)
tape drives
tape library
tape machine
tape measure
tape off
tape out
tape player
tape players
tape record
tape recorder
tape recorders
tape recording
tape safe

Literary usage of Tape drive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Backup Book: Disaster Recovery from Desktop to Data Center by Dorian J. Cougias, E. L. Heiberger, Karsten Koop (2003)
"Because the tape continually streams at a low speed under the tape drive heads, a constant source of information must flow to the tape drive. ..."

2. Defend Your Data!: Guide to Data Recovery by David J. Stang (1991)
"A 120M tape drive might actually be cheapest, after labor costs over a two year period are ... A. Since your tape drive will be off nearly all the time, ..."

3. SAS(R) 9.1 Companion for OpenVMS Alpha by Sas Institute, Institute SAS Institute (2004)
"DEALLOCATE device-name releases the tape drive from your job or session. In each of these commands, device-name can be either the name of a tape drive at ..."

4. Copyright & Home Copying: Technology Challenges the Law by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"(See box 2-C.) Some industry analysts expect DAT storage devices to account for about one-seventh of the computer tape-drive industry by 1993. ..."

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