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Can TZ887 tapes be read by TZ885 table top library.

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Ed Segura
Frequent Advisor

Can TZ887 tapes be read by TZ885 table top library.

I have a customer that has TZ887 tapes at his home site and I am setting up a TZ885 Library at my site. I don't have any other Library, so my question is can the 887 tapes be read by the 885 library? Thanks for your time....
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Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor
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Re: Can TZ887 tapes be read by TZ885 table top library.

A TZ87 should be able to write DLT tapes in TZ85 format, but a TZ85 tape drive cannot read TZ86, TZ87 or higher formats.

You might be able to pre-initialize the tapes in the TZ85 tape drive and just re-use them with the same density in the 87.
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Ed Segura
Frequent Advisor

Re: Can TZ887 tapes be read by TZ885 table top library.

Sorry if i'm confused, but we do have TZ85 and TZ87, but and if I seem lost I apoligize. I am concerned about the TZ885 drive and TZ887 tapes, I don't know if you just missed a digit. Thx and please can you respond again. Thx
David Ruska
Honored Contributor

Re: Can TZ887 tapes be read by TZ885 table top library.

A TZ887 is a TZ88 drive in a 7 slot loader.
A TZ885 is a TZ88 drive in a 5 slot loader.

Thus, they have the same drive and tapes are therefore interchangeable.
The journey IS the reward.
David Ruska
Honored Contributor

Re: Can TZ887 tapes be read by TZ885 table top library.

BTW, an TZ88 is the DIGTAL (DEC) name for the Quantum DLT4000.
The journey IS the reward.
Ed Segura
Frequent Advisor

Re: Can TZ887 tapes be read by TZ885 table top library.

Sorry for the confusion again, but I just got word that the tapes that the customer has are TZ877, now can these be read by a TZ885 Library? Thanks
David Ruska
Honored Contributor

Re: Can TZ887 tapes be read by TZ885 table top library.

The TZ877 will have a TZ87 drive (in a 7 slot library).

A TZ88 drive (in a TZ885 library) can read tapes from a TZ87.

The TZ87 is the same as a Quantum DLT2000XT.
The journey IS the reward.
Ed Segura
Frequent Advisor

Re: Can TZ887 tapes be read by TZ885 table top library.

Thank You for the last question answered, I really appreciate it.