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Definition: tape cartridge


A removable module that holds magnetic tape. Cartridges hold a single reel of tape, whereas a tape cassette contains both supply and take-up reels. As of 2020, LTO is one of the few surviving tape cartridge systems. See cartridge and magnetic tape. Contrast with tape cassette.




Continuous Loop and No Loop
On the left is an old 8-track tape with a continuous loop that remains inside the cartridge. On the right is an LTO cartridge. After insertion into the drive, the tape is pulled out and coiled onto a take-up reel. See 8-track tape and LTO.