Windows Tape and Medium Changer device driver

This chapter describes the hardware requirements, software requirements, and installation notes for the Microsoft Windows device drivers for IBM® tape devices.


The Windows tape and medium changer device driver is designed to take advantage of the features that are provided by the IBM tape drives and medium changer devices. The goal is to give applications access to the functions required for basic tape operations (such as backup and restore) and medium changer operations (such as mount and unmount the cartridges), and to the advanced functions needed by full tape management systems. Whenever possible, the driver is designed to take advantage of the device features transparent to the application

Data flow

The software that is described here covers the Windows device driver and the interface between the application and the tape device.

Figure 1 illustrates a typical data flow process.

Figure 1. Data flow for Windows device driver (IBMmag)
Windows data flow diagram