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Question 39

Appeared in Year: 2009



From the following statements identify the advantages of magnetic tape.


Choice (4)


Capacity to store large amount of data.




Data quality gradually erodes.


Both b. and a. are correct




The statements Capacity to store large amount of data. and Data quality gradually erodes. state the advantages of magnetic tape.

  • Magnetic tape is a medium for magnetic recording, made of a thin, magnetizable coating on a long, narrow strip of plastic film. It was developed based on magnetic wire recording.
  • Devices that record and play back audio and video using magnetic tape are tape recorders and video tape recorders respectively. A device that stores computer data on magnetic tape is known as a tape drive. Magnetic tape revolutionized sound recording and reproduction and broadcasting. It allowed radio, which had always been broadcast live, to be recorded for later or repeated airing.
  • It allowed gramophone records to be recorded in multiple parts, which were then mixed and edited with tolerable loss in quality. It was a key technology in early computer development, allowing unparalleled amounts of data to be mechanically created, stored for long periods, and rapidly accessed.


  • A major advantage is that it has the capacity to store large amounts of data very easily.
  • A single magnetic tape cartridge can store large amounts of data up to 1 Terabyte. Large cartridges are used by big companies and institutions that require continuous recording and backup of data.
  • Data collection can go on without interruption overnight or for an entire weekend.
  • Magnetic tape can be recorded over and reused repeatedly.
  • Large amounts of information are stored.
  • Magnetic tape is inexpensive and budget friendly.

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