IBM LTO 6 Ultrium6 Data Cartridge 00V7590
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The IBM LTO 6, LTO6, LTO-6, Ultrium 6 or Ultrium6 00V7590 tape can hold up to 2.5TB of native or uncompressed capacity with up to 6.25TB of compressed data. IBM TotalStorage LTO Ultrium 2.50TB data cartridges have a transfer rate of up to 160MB/sec while writing data in native or uncompressed capacity and up to 400MB/sec while writing data in compressed capacity. 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.
They have 2176 tracks and a tape length of 846 meters. 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.