What is the difference between LTO tapes using Metal Particle (MP) and Barium Ferrite (BaFe) ?
All the older Generation LTO tapes use Metal Particle technology. This technology has limitations in how densely you can pack data on a single tape. Starting LTO-6 almost all the manufacturers shifted to BaFe to achieve higher density. HP continued to offer both MP and BaFe Variants on LTO-6 LTO-7 onwards all the tapes are BaFe. LTO-6 tapes are the only generation available either as BaFe or as MP from HP. Both BaFe and MP have the same specifications and will work seamlessly in the LTO-6 drive.
Can you give me pre-labelled custom Labels for LTO tapes ?
That's 50% more capacity for LTO-7 media at the same price.
What is LTO-7 type M Media ?
LTO-8 tape drive can Format a previously unused LTO-7 media as LTO-7 type M media. The advantage is that instead of 6TB native capacity, it would yield 9TB compressed capacity. This media however is only writable in LTO-8 tape drive.
Can I use LTO-6 Tape Media in my LTO-8 drive? Why is the LTO-8 drive not backward compatible with 2 previous Gens?
LTO-8 tape drive is the only tape drive which is not compatible with 2 previous generations. However, it has a special functionality - it can format your LTO-7 Media as a 50% high capacity LTO-7 type M media
Can I use my old Media in new tape drive ?
Yes, LTO Drive is backward compatible to 2 previous generations. Each New LTO tape drive is Read/Write compatible to the previous generation and Read-only Compatible to the generation before that. For Example LTO- 7 tape drive is RW compatible to LTO-6 and Read-Only LTO-5. This way you know that any old media you have ( upto 2 prior generations) is also compatible. The only Exception is LTO-8 Drive which is not compatible with LTO-6.
Can I use a newer LTO media in my old Tape drive?
No, There is no forward Compatibility. Which means Your can't use LTO-9 media (when its launched) in your LTO-8 tape drive. To use LTO-9 Media you would have to upgrade your tape drive to LTO-9 tape drive.
What is the meaning of Limited Lifetime Warranty ?
For the lifetime of the Media, its covered by warranty by manufacturer. Typically the useful lifetime of the media will be defined in years and number of read/write mounts. Refer to the vendor website for more details on warranty.
What is a typical Compression ratio ?
Up to LTO-5 the compression ratio was defined as 2:1. It assumed that 100GB data for example could be compressed to 50GB. From LTO-6 onwards the Compression ratio is defined as 2.5:1.
The compression ratio always depends on the data you are writing. A tar file can't be further compressed for example, whereas a file of repetitive data can be compressed beyond 3 or 4 times.
What is the difference between the Native and compressed capacity of LTO tapes?
Data to be written on the tape is compressed before its written. If the data is highly repetitive, it will have a high compression ratio ( a Text file will be compressible, a BMP image is highly compressible). But if the data is already compressed ( say you have tarred or Zipped the data already), it won't be further compressible.
For Data That's non-compressed you will see capacity higher than the native capacity. For data that's already compressed, you will capacity close to the native capacity.
TLDR: Native capacity is what is guaranteed. You might get Compressed capacity or more than the compressed capacity depending on how compressible your data is.
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Native Capacity 18TB, compressed 45 TB
Works with LTO Generation 9 Drives only
Barrum Ferrite (BaFe) Technology like LTO-8 drives
Media Lifetime Warranty from Vendor
Needs Calibration on first time of use ( 12 Minutes to 2 hours)
Quantum LTO Ultrium Tapes are available from LTO-1 to LTO-9 formats, either as prelablled or as unlabelled tapes.
Quantum LTO 9 Tape media cartridges are manufactured to the highest industry standards for quality and reliability, ensuring low error rates, high performance and long-term durability. Quantum LTO 9 tape media allows you to archive your data with confidence.
High Storage Capacity of 18TB and up to 45TB compressed capacity.
Supports transfer speeds of 400 MB/s (native), 1,000 MB/s (2.5:1) with LTO 9 drives
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) technology
Support for tape drive hardware encryption
Compatible with Linear Tape File System (LTFS)
Simplified tape path to reduce wear and tear.
Limited Lifetime Warranty from Quantum
LTO Ultrium 9 Tape Media
Quantum Part No.
Up to 45 TB (assuming 2.5:1 Compression)
400 MB/s / Up to 1000 MB/s Compressed
Barium Ferrite (BaFe)
Limited Lifetime Warranty by Quantum
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