Imation is the leading manufacturer in linear tape open magnetic format storage devices. Imation LTO devices are based on the advanced technology which gives users the complete reliability and security of the data. Tapes are designed for use in the mega industries where tough processing of data is required at a larger scale. In many situation LTO tapes and drives are used together to make security level of data much better. For the better performance and security of data the cleaning of LTO tapes and drives is required.
Now a days the LTO tapes come with the automatic cleaning capability of the tape making it sure the security and performance of the tape remains good. Whenever the cleaning of the tape is required the automatic cleaning function of the tape cleans it itself without disturbing the performance of tape and data secured.
When the drive displays “C” and the status LED is ON, it indicates that the tape requires cleaning. Cleaning notification also appears on the front LCD of the tape. Regular cleaning of the tape is not recommended by the manufacturer, clean only when the tape requires cleaning and the clean notification is shown on the LCD.
Some of the tapes do not have the capability of cleaning themselves. For those tapes the cleaning tapes are used. Different cleaning cartridges are also used for the cleaning of the tape.
Following steps must be followed for cleaning of the tape.
- Switch on the power of the tape and wait until the self test of the tape is completed.
- After that insert the cleaning cartridge and let the self cleaning process complete.
- When the process is complete, make sure that the “C” is no longer be displayed.