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Tape Drive and Cartridge Compatibility Matrix

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Tape Drive and Tape Cartridge Compatibility Matrices

This article is to clear up confusion and provide information for LTO , DAT /DDS and AIT tape device users about the types of media that can be used in their drives, as well as what abilities the tape drive has when specific media is inserted.

LTO Drive and Cartridge Compatibility Matrix

The following displays which LTO tapes may be used in which LTO drives, as well as what abilities the drive has when that tape is inserted.

Note: Because LTO is not vendor specific (it is an open technology developed by multiple hardware vendors), you are not required to use HP tapes with HP drives. You may use Certance tape in HP drives or any other manufacturer. LTO is not brand specific, only LTO type specific.  You must use the correct LTO tapes with the correct LTO drives.  This table tells you which drives can use which LTO tapes.

LTO Matrix LTO-1 Drive LTO-2 Drive LTO-3 Drive LTO-4 Drive LTO-5 Drive
LTO-1 Tape R/W R/W R
LTO-2 Tape R/W R/W R
LTO-3 Tape R/W R/W R
LTO-4 Tape R/W R/W
LTO-5 Tape R/W
LTO Cleaning Tape* X X X X X

R/W = Read/Write | R = Read Only | — = Not Compatible

*Any LTO cleaning tape may be used in any LTO drive.  There are no type specifics for LTO cleaning tapes.


DAT/DDS Drive and Tape Compatibility Matrix

The following explains which DAT/DDS tapes may be used in which drives.  This provides a visual as to which drives have backwards compatibility and how far the backward compatibilities applies.

DAT/DDS Matrix DDS1 Drive DDS2 Drive DDS3 Drive DDS4 Drive DAT72 Drive DAT160 Drive DAT320 Drive
DDS1 Tape R/W R/W R/W R
DDS2 Tape R/W R/W R/W
DDS3 Tape R/W R/W R/W
DDS4/DAT40 Tape R/W R/W R/W
DAT72 Tape R/W R/W
DAT160 Tape R/W R/W
DAT320 Tape R/W
DDS Cleaning Tape X X X X X
DAT160 Cleaning Tape X
DAT320 Cleaning Tape X

R/W = Read/Write Compatible | R = Read Access Only | — = Not Compatible

 


AIT Drive and Tape Compatibility Matrix

The following explains which AIT tapes may be used in which drives.  This provides a visual as to which drives have backwards compatibility and how far the backward compatibilities applies.

AIT Matrix AIT-E Turbo Drive AIT-1 Drive AIT-1 Turbo Drive AIT-2 Drive AIT-2 Turbo Drive AIT-3 Drive AIT-3Ex Drive AIT-4 Drive AIT-5 Drive
AIT-E Tape R/W R/W R/W R R
AIT-1 Tape R/W R/W R/W R/W R/W R
AIT-1 Turbo Tape R/W R/W R/W R R
AIT-2 Tape R/W R/W R/W R
AIT-2 Turbo Tape R/W R R
AIT-3 Tape R/W R/W R/W
AIT-3Ex Tape R/W R/W R/W
AIT-4 Tape R/W R/W
AIT-5 Tape R/W
SDX1-CL Cleaning Tape X X X X X X
SDX3X-CL Cleaning Tape X
SDX4-CL Cleaning Tape X
SDX5-CL Cleaning Tape X

R/W = Read/Write Compatible | R = Read Access Only | — = Not Compatible


Cleaning Tape & WORM Media Note

Please make sure that the proper cleaning tapes is used with the proper drives.  The above matrices do not list WORM media.  Please consult the device manufacturer for all WORM media compatibility questions.

Not Compatible Details

For entries in the above matrices, if there is a "—" (dash) entry then either the tape cartridge does not fit into the tape drive due to physical restrictions or the tape drive ejects the tape cartridge shortly after the tape has been loaded into the tape drive.  In either case, the tape cartridge and tape drive are not compatible with one another.

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