Quantum LTO 7 Tape with Barium Ferrite (BaFe) MR-L7MQN-01

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Quantum LTO Ultrium 7 Tapes MR-L7MQN-01

Quantum LTO 7 Tape media cartridges are manufactured to the highest industry standards for quality and reliability, ensuring low error rates, high performance and long-term durability. Quantum LTO 7 media allows you to archive your data with confidence.

Features and Benefits

  • High Storage Capacity of 6TB and up to 15 TB compressed capacity.
  • Supports transfer speeds of 300 MB/s (native), 750 MB/s (2.5:1) with Generation 7
  • Barium Ferrite (BaFe) technology
  • Support for tape drive hardware encryption
  • Compatible with Linear Tape File System (LTFS)
  • Simplified tape path to reduce wear and tear.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty from Quantum

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
LTO-7 Tape Media Formatted for use in LTO-8 Tape Drives

What is LTO-7 (M8)?

  • LTO-T M-8 Tape Media is a new LTO technology feature with the name of “LTO-8 Type M Formatted LTO-7 Media”. For simplicity, this feature is also known as “M8”.
  • LTO-8 drives include a new format feature enabling customers to increase the capacity of new, unused LTO Ultrium 7 cartridges by up to 50 percent to store up to 9 TB (uncompressed) or 22.5 TB (2.5:1 compressed) of data.

Can the customer use any LTO-7 cartridge to be LTO-7 (M8), or do they have to buy a specific one?

  • Customers can use any LTO-7 cartridge so long as it is new and unused. The formatted LTO-7 (M8) cartridges cannot be read by LTO-7 tape drives, so it’s important that customers format, label and handle the LTO-7 (M8) tapes accordingly.

How will LTO 8 libraries, autoloaders and customers know which tapes are standard LTO-7 and which are LTO-7 (M8)?

  • The tapes will need to be bar coded correctly. Standard LTO tape barcodes use a L# media ID designator at the end of the label to indicate the LTO generation. For example, “L7” indicates a standard LTO-7 tape cartridge and “L8” a standard LTO-8 cartridge. The LTO-7 (M8) cartridges use bar code labels that have an “M8” media ID.
  • The media ID is the two right most characters printed on a bar code label. The media ID indicates the media type to the drive.

LTO-7 M8 - Barcode Label Example

Is this M8 type compability available on other generations of LTO tape drives?

  • No, this new feature is only available with LTO-8 Tape drives.

Will this M8 type capability be available with LTO-9 and future generations?

  • That has not yet been determined by the LTO consortium

What is the benefit of the LTO-7 (M8) tape media?

  • Customers with new, unused LTO-7 tapes cab get 50% more capacity on each tape with an LTO-8 tape drive
  • The $/TB cost may be better with LTO-7 (M8) compared to LTO-8.

All prior LTO generations have supported 2-generation back read support, why won't LTO-8 drives?

  • After seven generations, and 17 years of shipments, LTO needed a technology transition to support the higher storage densities and performatnce demanded by today's data storage needs.  This transition includes both the media technology and the read/write tape head technology of the drives.  The cost to support 2-generation read capability, and the new LTO-9 capacity and performance made this support infeasible.
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Manufacturer Quantum
Format LTO Ultrium 7 Tape Media
Quantum Part No. MR-L7MQN-01
Native Capacity 6 TB
Compressed Up to 15 TB (assuming 2.5:1 Compression)
Data Rate 300 MB/s / Up to 750 MB/s Compressed
Tape Technology Barium Ferrite (BaFe)
Archival Life 30 Years
Load/Unload Cycles 20,000
Warranty Limited Lifetime Warranty by Quantum
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4 Reviews

  • 5
    These tapes seem fine.

    Posted by Eric on 6th Mar 2019

    These tapes seem fine. Hopefully the LTO8 tapes become available again soon, though.

  • 5
    Very competiive pricing and quick delivery!

    Posted by Reynaldo Banda on 21st Jun 2018

    Very competiive pricing and quick delivery!

  • 5
    Amazing Capacity

    Posted by TapeDude on 25th Jul 2016

    Just what I expected. Fast shipping. Great customer service.

  • 3
    Wouldn't work in my backup machine.

    Posted by Chris on 1st Apr 2016

    The tape would not work in our backup tape system. I have to investigate if this is a software or hardware issue. Disappointing, because I'd love to have a full backup on one tape again.

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