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HP tapes and IBM drives

Gavin Raine
Occasional Visitor

HP tapes and IBM drives

We have an IBM Ultrium tape library (a 3584) and are having constant problems with tapes getting stuck in the drives.

The machine has a mixture of IBM and HP tapes, but only the HP tapes seem to get stuck.

Are there any known compatibility issues ?
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Vincent Farrugia
Honored Contributor

Re: HP tapes and IBM drives

Hello,

Shouldn't be. Ultrium drives are LTO (Linear Tape Open), so all tapes should be compatible with all the drives (HP, Seagate, IBM).

I don't know much about IBM Ultrium drives. I suggest you contact the company you purchased the drive from for more information.

HTH,
Vince
Tape Drives RULE!!!
Alexander M. Ermes
Honored Contributor

Re: HP tapes and IBM drives

Hi there.
check the tapes. On the lower side you can see a number. If there is an M in it, this tape is manufactured by Maxell, F means Fuji.
Ask HP whether there is a pack of tapes fro Maxell, that is not ok. We had some problems with DLT tapes based on this info. May be you ran into the same.
Rgds
Alexander M. Ermes
.. and all these memories are going to vanish like tears in the rain! final words from Rutger Hauer in "Blade Runner"
Ron Sutton
Advisor

Re: HP tapes and IBM drives

Check your drive firmware, I had good results when I updated to 18N2 in a 3600 tape library.