Digital Audio Tape


  • Although generally used for audio, a DAT (120 meters long) can hold up to 10 gigabytes if used for digital data storage. Has the disadvantage of being a serial, rather than a random access device.  1
  • Used as a storage medium in some backup systems.  2
  • Records audio signals onto tape in a digital format. May also be used as a backup tape in some systems.


  1. Formerly American Document Management, Glossary of Terms, now 5i Solutions Glossary.
  2. Kroll Ontrack, Glossary of Terms
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