Linux supports tape drives for use as backup devices. The common types of tape-drive hardware are:
SCSI: Small Computer Systems Interface is a standard for connecting peripherals to your
computer via a standard hardware interface.
ATAPI/IDE: ATAPI (AT Attachment Packet Interface) is a standard for connecting CD-ROM and tape
backup drives to your computer via a standard hardware interface, and is part of the Enhanced IDE.
Generally, IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) is used as an interface to address hard disk drives.
"Floppy" tape drives
SCSI tape drives are in use in most commercial settings. These drives are usually DAT (Digital Audio Tape) or Digital Data Storage (DDS)
ATAPI/IDE drives include tape drives and other sorts of ATAPI devices (such as Iomega drives) that can be attached to the IDE interface.
Remember that there is a maximum of four IDE devices per controller.
If you are adding IDE hard drives and CD-ROM drives, you need to consider this limitation and install additional controllers if necessary.