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Understanding LTO Tape Barcodes: A Simplified Explanation and Some Saving Tips

Barcodes play an essential role in the organization and access of data on LTO tapes. They are designed to contain unique information for each tape, facilitating easier identification and management, especially in systems like automated tape libraries.

How Do LTO Tape Barcodes Work?

  • Structure: An LTO tape barcode typically features 8 characters. The first six characters serve as a unique identifier, and the last two indicate the tape's type and generation. For example, a barcode that ends in "L7" would identify an LTO-7 tape.

  • Types of Tapes: LTO tapes come in various types, including WORM (Write Once Read Many) and non-WORM. Each type is designated by a specific code within the barcode. For instance, "LY" might indicate an LTO-8 WORM tape.

  • Customization: Barcode customization is possible, allowing the inclusion of specific details like a prefix or a serial number. This feature is particularly useful for sorting and identifying tapes within large storage systems.

  • Readability: Designed for readability by both humans and machines, these barcodes are crucial for automated tape libraries to accurately identify and manage tapes.

The Importance of Barcodes

Barcodes make it much easier to keep track of LTO tapes, especially when you have a lot of them. They help you avoid mistakes and quickly find the tape you need. Pre-labeled LTO cartridges already have these barcodes, making things more efficient in systems like tape libraries. This method not only cuts down on mistakes from handling tapes by hand but also saves a lot of time, as you don’t need to label them yourself. This lets IT staff focus on other important work, improving the way data is managed.

Our refurbished LTO cartridges are available across the EU and come with pre-labeled barcodes. You can minimize your risk by our 5-year warranty and the option to test before you pay. Feel free to contact us for pricing information, you won't be disappointed.

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