Magnetic Tape Backup Advantages

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Magnetic Tape Backup Advantages
Magnetic tape drives let you back up your computer files on removable reels or cartridges. (magnetic tape image by Marek Kosmal from

Magnetic tape, cartridge and reel formats, lets you make a copy of your computer or server's files in the event of a hard drive crash or other issue. The tapes are reliable, not hard to use and available for Windows, Mac, Linux and other platforms including mainframes. The tapes record information in a sequential format similar to an audio cassette. There are a number of advantages to using magnetic tape backups.

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Magnetic tape is inexpensive, but reliable. The tapes and drives are not as expensive as other computer mediums, including hard drives. Also, tape drives do not consume as much electricity as hard drives.

Storage Capacity

The tapes have a large data storage capacity, in excess of 20 gigabytes, or GB. There are even tape drives and tapes that are capable of backing up over 200 GB of files, programs and other data.


When you need to back up more files, you only have to purchase additional tapes instead of installing another hard drive or other backup device. Magnetic tapes are available at office, computer and electronics supply stores. The tapes are also available for purchase online.

Off-Site Storage

Once your backup is complete, you can store the magnetic tapes at an off-site location--this lowers the risk of something happening to the backup tapes including fire, theft or another disaster.

Straightforward Backup Process

Magnetic tape backup software is not hard to use. The software steps you through the file selection process, and once the backup begins, you do not have to monitor or interact with the process. The software also lets you know when the backup process is complete.

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