troubleshooting Question

SQL 2005 Backup Device tape drive not found

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I am using SQL 2005 on Server 2003 standard edition.  I have added a Hewlett Packard DAT72 USB drive to this server.  This tape drive is listed as a 'Tape Drive' under the Server 2003 Device Manger.  The device status is 'This device is working properly'.

I want to use this tape drive for my SQL 2005 backups.  In SQL Server Management Studio, under Server Objects, under Backup Devices, I right-click 'New Backup Device...'.  Under Backup Device Destination, I have the choice to choose either tape or file.  

I would like to choose my tape drive device, only the tape option is greyed out.  Why does SQL 2005 limit me from using the tape drive listed under Server 2003 device manager?

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