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Tape - Definition

A Tape, in magnetic recording, is thin strip of polyester film coated with magnetic material that permits the recording of data. Because tape is a continuous length of data storage material and as the read/write head cannot jump to a desired point on the tape without the tape first being advanced to that point, tape must be read or written sequentially, not randomly (as done on a floppy or hard disk). It is also a storage medium consisting of a thin strip of paper used to store data in the form of sequences of punched holes, chemical impregnation, or magnetic ink imprinting


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