Magnetic tape is extremely slow, but also also extremely cheap.
Is there any way to use tape to backup a computer?
What is exactly this?
A cartridge? A drive?
Are there any inexpensive way to connect those tapes to a normal desktop?
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It says cartridge on the photo so that is the answer. It is an LTO4 cartridge that holds 800GB uncompressed.You need an LTO drive of some sort and likely a SCSI or SAS card to connect the drive. That will drive up the price a bit. I have used such drives in a workstation but not cheap to do.
Using a USB3 or eSATA drive would be fast and much less expensive.
Tape has many uses still but I would suggest not practical for most desktop systems. More info about what you are doing would perhaps get a more detailed answer.