Michael Dryden 4th Period TAPE DRIVE
Tape Drive • Data storage device that reads and writes data on a magnetic tape. • Typically used for offline archival data storage. • Provides sequential access storage.
Tape Drive • A tape drive must physically wind the tape between reels to read one particular piece of data. • Very low seek speeds.
Design • Tape drives can range in capacity from a few megabytes to hundreds of gigabytes of uncompressed data. • Tape drives can be connected with SCSI, Fibre Channel, SATA, USB, FireWire, FICON, or other interfaces. • Autoloaders are used to increase time without manual intervention.
Tape Drive • Tape drives have yet to reach their maximum capacity possible. • Tape media generally has a favorable cost and has long archival stability.
Review Questions • What does a tape drive store data on? • What is faster a disk drive or a tape drive? • List one type of connection a tape drive can use.
Answers • A magnetic tape. • A disk drive. • SCSI, USB, SATA