Quantum LTO 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.
Shortage of Quantum LTO 7 Tapes
Quantum is out of stock of all LTO 7 tape media within the United States. The shortage is related to a patent infringement lawsuit between Fujifilm and Sony. It is unclear when this will be resolved but current predictions are that the shortage will remain until early 2019. Fujifilm and Sony currently manufacture LTO 7 tapes for all brands (IBM, Quantum, HPE and of course Sony and Fuji).
We have plenty of stock of other brands of LTO Ultrium 7 Tapes.
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.
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.