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Matthew Fisher
Preference for LTO6 tape brand?
on Dec 1, 2015 at 3:47:49 pm

Is there any compelling reason to use one tape brand over another for LTO6?

HP, Sony, IBM, Fuji ,Quantum, Maxell, IBM and TDK are all priced with $1 or $2 of each other. Is there any reason to go with one specifically?


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Preference for LTO6 tape brand?
on Dec 1, 2015 at 5:08:22 pm

All are created equal...

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Tim Jones
Re: Preference for LTO6 tape brand?
on Dec 9, 2015 at 7:45:32 pm

Unfortunately, that's not true. There are major differences between the processes used by the different manufacturers. After testing wear and retentivity of the major brands for over 3 years of heavy use, we (and HP) have determined that the FujiFilm and the formulation called for by HP on their tapes are the best.

Tim
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David Roth Weiss
Re: Preference for LTO6 tape brand?
on Dec 9, 2015 at 7:51:41 pm

You certainly have more experience in the long term than I... So, no arguments here Tim - as Dirty Harry said, "A man's got to know his own limitations."

David Roth Weiss
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David Weiss Productions
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David is a Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Apple Final Cut Pro forum.


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Tim Jones
Re: Preference for LTO6 tape brand?
on Dec 9, 2015 at 8:08:14 pm

You should see the number of 5 and 6 engineering sample drives that we ruined in the testing :). But, better us that you guys!

Tim
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bryce arroyo
Re: Preference for LTO6 tape brand?
on Dec 2, 2015 at 11:52:52 pm

Matt,

It all goes by preference at this point. Personally I think quantum is the best to use and easiest. As well as I can get you better pricing if you'd like to talk.

Bryce Arroyo
714-374-4944
bryce@maxxdigital.com


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Tim Jones
Re: Preference for LTO6 tape brand?
on Dec 9, 2015 at 6:31:26 pm

HP's and FujiFilm's have proven to be the most reliable and least destructive (head and transport guide wear) for "Green" media environments like M&E where tapes are often used once and then shelved.

These are the only brands that we recommend to our customers. We sell the HP branded tapes.

Tim
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Tim Jones
CTO - TOLIS Group, Inc.
http://www.tolisgroup.com
BRU ... because it's the RESTORE that matters!


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Craig Alan
Re: Preference for LTO6 tape brand?
on Jun 13, 2016 at 11:11:15 pm

New to this. In the days of tape based camcorders and players it was highly recommended to have a head cleaning once per year. Does the same apply to LTO drives?

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Tim Jones
Re: Preference for LTO6 tape brand?
on Jun 13, 2016 at 11:53:39 pm

The drive will prompt you (via the light on the drive) when it needs to be cleaned, but we do it a couple of times a year. The cleaning system is smart on the LTO drives and if it's not needed, the process simply ejects the tape.

Tim
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CTO - TOLIS Group, Inc.
http://www.tolisgroup.com
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