a program-controlled device that reads data from or writes data on a magnetic tape which moves past a read-write head.
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How to use tape drive in a sentence
It often costs $25,000 or more to get a single tape drive in service, although the next few are usually less expensive.
It can control output devices such as a plotter, line printer, rotating memory, or tape drive.
The two PDP-9's are coupled only by a switchable tape drive, with no plans at present for direct channel-to-channel communication.
British Dictionary definitions for tape drive
computing a device for reading from or writing to magnetic tape
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