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Tape Drive and Cartridge Compatibility Matrix
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.
*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.
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.
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.