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LTO Ultrium Drive and Cartridge Comparison and Compatibility: LTO-5, LTO-6, LTO-7, LTO-8, and LTO-9

LTO (Linear Tape-Open) technology is essential for data storage, offering both high capacity and reliability. Here’s a simple comparison of LTO-5 through LTO-9 drives:

Drive

Year

Cartridge Capacity (native)

Performance (native)

LTO-1

2000

100 GB

20 MBs

LTO-2

2003

200 GB

40 MBs

LTO-3

2005

400 GB

80 MBs

LTO-4

2007

800 GB

120 MBs

LTO-5

2010

1.5 TB

140 MBs

LTO-6

2012

2.5 TB

160 MBs

LTO-7

2015

6 TB

300 MBs

LTO-8

2018

12 TB

360 MBs

LTO-9

2021

18 TB

400 MBs

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When purchasing LTO drives and cartridges, verifying compatibility is crucial. Below is a comprehensive list detailing compatibility information to help you make an informed decision:

LTO Drive

Compatible Cartridge

LTO-5 drive

  • LTO-5 Cartridge: Read/Write

  • LTO-4 Cartridge: Read

  • LTO-3 Cartridge: Not Compatible

LTO-6 drive

  • LTO-6 Cartridge: Read/Write

  • LTO-5 Cartridge: Read/Write

  • LTO-4 Cartridge: Read

  • LTO-3 Cartridge: Not Compatible

LTO-7 drive

  • LTO-7 Cartridge: Read/Write

  • LTO-6 Cartridge: Read/Write

  • LTO-5 Cartridge: Read

  • LTO-4 Cartridge: Not Compatible

  • LTO-3 Cartridge: Not Compatible

LTO-8 drive

  • LTO-8 Cartridge: Read/Write

  • LTO-7 Cartridge: Read/Write

  • LTO-6 Cartridge: Read

  • LTO-5 Cartridge: Not Compatible

  • LTO-4 Cartridge: Not Compatible

  • LTO-3 Cartridge: Not Compatible

LTO-9 drive

  • LTO-9 Cartridge: Read/Write

  • LTO-8 Cartridge: Read/Write

  • LTO-7 Cartridge: Read

  • LTO-6 Cartridge: Not Compatible

  • LTO-5 Cartridge: Not Compatible

  • LTO-4 Cartridge: Not Compatible

  • LTO-3 Cartridge: Not Compatible

HPE LTO Cartridge LTO-5, LTO-6, LTO-7, LTO-8, LTO-9

LTO Ultrium Chassis/Tape Library Compatibility:


  • General Compatibility: Depends on the specific tape library model and its specifications.

  • Physical Compatibility: Drive form factor must match library slots.

  • Firmware and Software Compatibility: Library must support newer drive models.

  • Performance Considerations: Full potential of newer drives may require updated library infrastructure.


Upgrading to a newer LTO drives, like LTO-9, involves consulting with the manufacturer or vendor to ensure compatibility. In some cases, direct replacement of older drives is possible, while in others, a new chassis may be necessary to fully utilize the new technology's capabilities. Should you need help figuring out if things are compatible, feel free to get in touch. We're glad to assist.


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