Description: Digital or streaming tape or streamers or just simply tape is a popular storage medium because it can typically store very large amounts of data which is encoded on magnetically coated strips of plastic similar to music tapes. In comparison to disks, tapes are cheaper for storing data but considerably slower when accessing data. This is because on a tape it is not possible to access data randomly (e.g. like on a CD or DVD). Before getting to point G on a tape, users must access points A through F. Tapes are ideal for long-term storage of data and backup.
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