Tape devices are character devices on a Linux system, going by a variety of filenames:
SCSI tapes use the names
/dev/nst1, and so on. The SCSI tape drive interface and driver is widely regarded as the most reliable, but, of course, SCSI tape drives are also more expensive than others.
ATAPI tape devices start at
There is limited support for tape drives on the floppy controller at
To identify a tape drive, look in your kernel messages for lines like this:
Vendor: HP Model: C1533A Rev: 9503 Type: Sequential-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02 st: Version 20010812, bufsize 32768, wrt 30720, max init. bufs 4, s/g segs 16 Attached scsi tape st0 at scsi0, channel ...