IBM LTO 6 Ultrium 6 Data Cartridge 00V7590
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The IBM LTO6 data cartridges or IBM LTO Ultrium 6 tape cartridge 00V7590 can hold up to 2.5TB of native or uncompressed capacity at a rate of up to 160MB/sec and up to 6.25TB of compressed data at a rate of up to 400MB/sec. The IBM LTO 6 tape cartridge is backward compatible and therefore suitable to read and write in all LTO6 or LTO Ultrium 6 tape drives and to read and write in all LTO7 or LTO Ultrium 7 tape drives. This is the first LTO Ultrium generation cartridge which is unable to be read in drives two generations ahead, the LTO8 or LTO Ultrium 8 tape drive. Please note this cartridge is the same cartridge as the Lenovo branded tape, but Lenovo is the retail brand and usually more expensive! For the option of LTO barcode labels attached to your tapes please see Application of Tape Barcode Labels for details. Drives that use the IBM LTO Ultrium 6 data cartridges 00V7590 are recommended to use the IBM LTO Ultrium Universal Cleaning Cartridge 35L2086 to keep the drive clean.
The tape has a lifetime durability of 1,000,000 passes. A pass is each time the tape changes direction so a backup could have over 1,000 passes depending on the data written. The IBM LTO 6 tapes are manufactured using the Barium Ferrite (BaFe) recording surface (magnetic particles) which has replaced the Metal Particle (MP) recording surface of the LTO tapes up to LTO6. BaFe has proved to be able to hold higher capacities with lower error rates and will be the standard for LTO7 onwards. The tape also has an estimated archival life of 30 years but will always be longer than MP as the BaFe particles are already oxidised and the greatest cause of tape deterioration in MP tapes is oxidation. The IBM LTO 6 tapes will also have a more reliable restore rate of data written to this tape than MP due to the higher frequency characteristics. This means older drives suffering head wear will still be able to read the stronger data signals as opposed to MP data tapes.
IBM LTO CARTRIDGE STORAGE:
To prevent condensation and for long life, the IBM LTO 6 Ultrium Data Cartridges should only be operated in or stored in the following conditions.
IBM LTO CARTRIDGE OPERATING ENVIRONMENT:
10-45 degrees Celsius/Centigrade and 20-80% Humidity
IBM LTO CARTRIDGE STORAGE ENVIRONMENT:
16-35 degrees Celsius/Centigrade and 20-80% Humidity
IBM LTO CARTRIDGE HANDLING:
Handle the IBM LTO Ultrium cartridge carefully. It may be damaged or degraded if it is dropped. Labels should be placed on the front side of the cartridge in the recessed area. Do not put labels anywhere else on the cartridge as this can damage the drive or cause load errors. When not in use IBM LTO cartridges should be stored and transported in their plastic clam-shell case. Do not store cartridges in direct sunlight.