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

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