List of LTO Ultrium Tape Drives and their Compatibility with various LTO Ultrium Backup Tapes

List of LTO Ultrium Tape Drives and their Compatibility with various LTO Ultrium Backup Tapes

It is important to know the different types of LTO Ultrium tape drives available in the market as well as the compatibility with one another. This is important as it helps aid a person in deciding which LTO Ultrium Data Cartridge to purchase. Below is a list of the different LTO tapes drives in the market.

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  1. LTO-1 Tape Drive

This is the first tape drive released along with the LTO-1 Data Tape.

  1. LTO-2 Tape Drive

The second tape drive in the LTO family, the LTO-2 Tape Drive was released with the LTO Ultrium 2 Data Tape.

  1. LTO-3 Tape Drive

This is the third generation LTO Tape Drive and is uniquely placed to be compatible with both advanced and past generations of the LTO cartridge.

  1. LTO-4 Tape Drive

The LTO-4 Tape Drive is the fourth generation tape drive and can be used with many brands of LTO Tapes

  1. LTO-5 Tape Drive

One of the more recent releases, the LTO-5 Backup Tape Drive was released recently along with the LTO Ultrium 5 Data Tape.

  1. LTO-6 Tape Drive

The latest tape drive to be released, the LTO-6 Backup Tape Drive was released recently after the release of the LTO Ultrium 6 Data Tape.

Having looked at the various Tape drives in the market it is also important to see the compatibility of each drive with the corresponding tapes. These are listed in the table below.

 

 

 

Tape Drive LTO-1 LTO-2 LTO-3 LTO-4 LTO-5 LTO-6
LTO-1 R/W R/W R      
LTO-2 R/W R/W R/W R    
LTO-3 R R/W R/W R/W R  
LTO-4   R R/W R/W R/W R
LTO-5     R R/W R/W R/W
LTO-6       R R/W R/W

 

The R stands for Read Compatible and W stands for Write Compatible.

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