Hardware - Peripherals
A recording medium consisting of a thin tape with a coating of a fine magnetic material, used for recording analogue or digital data. Data is stored in frames across the width of the tape. The frames are grouped into blocks or records which are separated from other blocks by gaps.
Magnetic tape is a serial access medium, similar to an audio cassette, and so data (like the songs on a music tape) cannot be quickly located.
A JAZTM drive with cartridge -
one of the many types of magnetic storage devices available
However large amounts of information can be stored within magnetic tape. This characteristic has prompted its use in the regular backing up of hard disks.