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1. This is an open standard for a backup tape system, providing formats for both fast data access and high-storage capacity.
What is it? 2. This is a form of magnetic tape and drive system used for computer data storage and archiving. A special compression algorithm facilitates storage and retrieval of data at high speeds and in large quantities.
What is it? 3. This is a magnetic tape and drive system used for computer data storage and archiving. The tapes measure eight millimeters (8 mm) across. A helical scanning technique, similar to that used in Mammoth drives, optimizes the data transfer rate and the storage capacity.
What is it? 4. This is a device that stores computer data on magnetic tape, especially for backup and archiving purposes. Like an ordinary tape recorder, it records data on a loop of flexible celluloid-like material that can be read and also erased.
What is it? 5. In data storage, this is a collection of magnetic tape cartridges and tape drives. This hardware device contains multiple tape drives for reading and writing data, access ports for entering and removing tapes and a robotic device for mounting and dismounting the tape cartridges without human intervention.
What is it? 6. This is a tape storage device that automatically loads tape cartridges using a robotic mechanism. It can load cartridges sequentially or in some specified order.
What is it? 7. This is the use of a special storage device that manages less-frequently needed data so that it appears to be stored entirely on tape cartridges when some parts of it may actually be located in faster, hard disk storage.
What is it? 8. In computers, this makes a group of files in a file system structure accessible to a user or user group. In some usages, it means to make a device physically accessible. For instance, in data storage, this will place a data medium (such as a tape cartridge) on a drive in a position to operate.
What is it? 9. In computers, this is the ability to periodically copy the contents of all or a designated amount of data from its usual storage device to a tape cartridge device so that, in the event of a hard disk crash or comparable failure, the data will not be lost.
What is it? 10. This is a collection of computer files that have been packaged together for backup, to transport to some other location, for saving away from the computer so that more hard disk storage can be made available, or for some other purpose.
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This was first published in August 2004