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Published: 17 Oct 2012

Can you determine the quality of a cartridge? Unfortunately, it's difficult to determine the quality of a tape cartridge. Most users don't have the resources required for an ongoing, full-scale quality assurance program, even though the benefits of such a program are obvious. The only method available to the general user is to monitor the read/write errors of the cartridge. Read/write errors can be caused by the cartridge as well as by the tape drive. As a cartridge becomes used, an increase in the number of read/write errors could identify a deteriorating cartridge. LTO drives keep internal track of read/write errors; some drives gather fairly detailed statistics. But usually, only the drive manufacturers have ready access to these detailed statistics. Some of the read/write error statistics assembled by the drives can be accessed through the interface (using the log sense command). User software can track cartridge quality, and can identify a potentially deteriorating cartridge, hopefully long before disaster strikes. In addition to using the log sense ... Access >>>

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