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magnetic tape - A data storage medium used for backup.The tape is made of a thin plastic strip with a magnetisable oxide coating on one side.To read or write, the tape drive winds the tape from one reel to another, causing it to move past a read/write head.Tapes are available in reels and cartridges of various sizes. The data is written in blocks with interblock gaps between them.To find a specific block of data on the tape the computer must read everything in front of it. ;

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