What is a tape drive?

What is a tape drive? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. (computing) A cassette drive.
  2. (computing) A reel-to-reel tape machine for computers.
  3. (computing) A tape cartridge interface for computers that reads and/or writes to a tape.
  4. A drive mechanism that is used to traverse a tape.
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The standard equipment for data backups is a tape drive, also known as a streamer.
It can control output devices such as a plotter, line printer, rotating memory, or tape drive.
ExHPDM then interleaves the super blocks of data from several disk volumes to a single tape drive.
When it was introduced, Mammoth was the largest and fastest tape drive available for the midrange market.
The current technology for such machines is the streaming tape drive.
If you provide enough disk storage, an entire backup run can proceed on schedule even when a tape drive fails or when somebody neglects to load the expected tapes.

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