KarbosGuide.com. Module 4e.

About tape streamers

This subject is not very interesting, and the text in this module reflects this point of view. Tape streamers are used for data backup. They come in different types and price ranges, but have this in common:

  • The tape streamer does not work like a drive. You cannot retrieve any particular file. The data must be read using special back-up software.

  • Data are stored sequentially on the tape. This means that you can not, contrary to disks or CDROMs, read in random fashion. You must wind the tape to the desired location.

    The advantage of Tape streamers is their low cost. They contain lots of data on inexpensive tapes. They are available in different types:

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    Last revised: February 20, 1997.

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