Category talk:Tape Drives

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Term confusion

I'm confused by the concepts "tape controller", "tape transport", "tape formatter", "tape drive", "tape unit", etc. Can someone please make a page to clarify? Larsbrinkhoff (talk)

OK, I'll take care of that. Basically, as I understand it (from my study of the TM11/TU10 family), 'transport', 'drive' and 'unit' are pretty much synonomous. 'Controller' and 'formatter' as also somewhat synonomous. It all depends on the manufacturer though; how they paritition stuff, and how they pull out common sub-units to prevent un-needed duplication. E.g. the DEC 'master'/'slave' drive stuff. Jnc (talk) 13:33, 19 January 2018 (CET)
Thanks! Larsbrinkhoff (talk)