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2/20 Tape library-how often to clean??

CA818832
Occasional Visitor

2/20 Tape library-how often to clean??

How often should I clean my tape drives? LTO, presently cleaning once a week, approx. 24 hours of use on each drive per week.

Thanks
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CA628575
Trusted Contributor

Re: 2/20 Tape library-how often to clean??

Both LTO and DLT drives do not (!) require periodic cleaning. These drives should only be cleaned if the drive itself indicated a cleaning request.

Periodic cleaning can actually shorten the life of your drive.

This has caused confusion, as DDS drives are different and do require periodic cleaning for proper functioning.
Rothery Harris
Trusted Contributor

Re: 2/20 Tape library-how often to clean??

Jan is quite correct. Ultrium and DLT are clean on demand only. Unfortunately backup applications usually have a setting where the drive is cleaned periodically. I suggest you set this to off or a lengthy period. The new universal Ultrium cleaning cartridge (C7978A) uses an 'intelligent' cleaning algorithm. This cartridge does not perform a cleaning cylcle unless it is required. You do need to check your library firmware revision before using it.

Rothery Harris
CA788093
Occasional Advisor

Re: 2/20 Tape library-how often to clean??

What about Travan decks?
Rothery Harris
Trusted Contributor

Re: 2/20 Tape library-how often to clean??

Travan tape drive require no cleaning. Do not attempt to clean the head manually as it will be damaged.

Rothery