HPE LTO-3 400/800GB : Prelabelled LTO 20 Pack (C7973AN/C7973AL)

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  • HP/HPE LTO Ultrium Gen 3
  • Factory Labelled . Sold in packs of 20

HPE LTO Ultrium Tapes are available from LTO-1 to LTO-8 formats, in Non Labelled and Pre-Labelled formats.

HPE LTO Ultrium Tapes are available from LTO-1 to LTO-8 formats, in Non Labelled and Pre-Labelled formats.

Exhaustively tested, HPE LTO Ultrium cartridges meet all your demands for maximum reliability when restoring data, offering high storage density, ease of management and scalable storage and backup performance. Covering eight generations of capacity – LTO-1 (200 GB), LTO-2 (400 GB), LTO-3 (800 GB), LTO-4 (1.6 TB), LTO-5 (3 TB), LTO-6 (6.25 TB), LTO-7 (15 TB) and LTO-8 (30 TB) – and with transfer speeds of up to 2.7 TB/hr for LTO-8, there is a platform for every need and budget. From LTO-3 onwards, LTO Ultrium WORM cartridges enable the creation of compliant, permanent and tamper-proof archives. From LTO-4 onwards, secure AES-256 encryption provides even higher levels of data security and compliance with the most stringent industry regulations to prevent unauthorized data access. From LTO-5 onwards, HPE LTO Ultrium Linear Tape File System makes using tape as easy, flexible, portable and intuitive as using other removable and shareable media, such as a USB drive.

Highest Capacity and Performance of any Comparable Tape Technology

HPE LTO-8 Ultrium can write or read data at a blistering 2.7 TB/hour, storing, encrypting and protecting up to 30 TB on a single cartridge, making it ideal for large-scale, 24 x 7, mission-critical IT environments (assumes 2.5:1 compression).

An 85% increase in the number of tracks and a 8% increase in bit density has permitted an increase in capacity from 15 TB for LTO-7 to 30 TB to LTO-8: from 3,584 tracks for LTO-6 to 6,656 tracks for 8th generation HPE LTO-8 Ultrium 30 TB cartridges (assuming 2.5:1 compression).

HPE LTO Ultrium cartridge memory chip delivers faster access time and enhanced media monitoring.

First time restore ensured with fewer media failures and disrupted backups, regardless of duty cycle or environmental conditions.


Tape is more reliable than Enterprise SATA disk. With a BER of 1×10 to the power of 19 for LTO-8 versus 1×10 to the power of 15 for Enterprise SATA HDD’s. That’s a difference in reliability of four orders of magnitude – e.g. tape is 10,000 times more reliable than Enterprise SATA HDD.

Estimated data loss over 10 years for 1 Exabyte archive is 1.1 Petabytes for HDD compared to only 7.4 Terabytes for tape.

Superior ‘smart grabber’ mechanism and mechanical interlock to prevent the leader pin from being pulled inside the tape housing. Sensors detect proper connection and prevent leader loss that would ruin the tape. Simplified tape path to reduce wear, tear & build-up of debris (important in automation)

HPE brand qualification test procedures (load/unload, shoeshine, drop testing and environmental stress testing) go far beyond what is required for the LTO Ultrium logo.This ensures maximum reliability for restoring your data.

HPE warrants LTO Ultrium cartridges for up to 30 years archival life. This ensures businesses can meet the ever-increasing demands of regulation for data retention and archiving.


Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) version provides tamper-proof, compliant data storage.

Data encryption for enhanced data security on HPE LTO-4, LTO-5, LTO-6, LTO-7 and LTO-8 Ultrium. Compliance with FIPS 140-2 level 1 security standards.

Value for money

Standardizing on HPE LTO Ultrium delivers the capacity to meet shrinking backup windows, industry-standard, AES 256-bit encryption (IEEE1619.1), and interchangeable RW or WORM media, without extra space or IT resource overhead.

Open standard technology ensures compatibility across product generations and gives you more choice. Cartridges are available as Custom Labeled, Non-Custom Labeled (both Custom and Non Custom include RFID options for some formats) and non-labeled versions.

Tape DriveLTO-1 MediaLTO-2 MediaLTO-3 MediaLTO-4 MediaLTO-5 MediaLTO-6 MediaLTO-7 MediaLTO-7 M8LTO-8Universal Cleaning
LTO-1 Tape DriveRead/Write
LTO-2 Tape DriveRead/WriteRead/Write
LTO-3 Tape DriveRead OnlyRead/WriteRead/Write
LTO-4 Tape DriveRead OnlyRead/WriteRead/Write
LTO-5 Tape DriveRead OnlyRead/WriteRead/Write
LTO-6 Tape DriveRead OnlyRead/WriteRead/Write
LTO-7 Tape DriveRead OnlyRead/WriteRead/Write
LTO-8 Tape DriveRead/WriteRead/WriteRead/Write
CharacteristicsLTO-1LTO-2LTO-3LTO-4LTO-5LTO-6LTO-6LTO-7LTO-7 TypeMLTO-8LTO UCC
Recording FormatLTO-1LTO-2LTO-3LTO-4LTO-5LTO-6LTO-6LTO-7LTO Ultrium 7 Type M (M8)LTO-8Cleaning
Part No.C7971AC7972AC7973AC7974AC7975AC7976AC7976BC7977AQ2078MQ2078AC7978A
Native Capacity100 GB200 GB400 GB800 GB1.5 TB2.5 TB2.5 TB6 TB9TB12 TB
Compressed Capacity200 GB400 GB800 GB1.6 TB3.0 TB6.25 TB6.25 TB15 TB22.5 TB30 TB
Assume Compression2 Ratio 1 (2:1)2 Ratio 1 (2:1)2 Ratio 1 (2:1)2 Ratio 1 (2:1)2 Ratio 1 (2:1)2.5 : 12.5 : 12.5 : 12.5 : 12.5 : 1
Data Transfer Rate ( Native/Compressed) MB/s20/4040/8080/160120/240140/280160/400160/400300/750300/750360/900
Tape Length (meters)609609680820846846846960960960
MaterialMetal Particle(MP)Metal Particle(MP)Metal Particle(MP)Metal Particle(MP)Metal Particle(MP)Metal ParticleBarrium ferite (BaFe)Barrium ferite (BaFe)Barrium ferite (BaFe)Barrium ferite (BaFe)
VariantsRead Write (RW)Read Write (RW)Read Write (RW), Write once Read Many (WORM)Read Write (RW), Write once Read Many (WORM)Read Write (RW), Write once Read Many (WORM)Read Write (RW), Write once Read Many (WORM)Read Write (RW), Write once Read Many (WORM)Read Write (RW), Write once Read Many (WORM)Read Write (RW)Read Write (RW), Write once Read Many (WORM)
Archival Life30 Years30 Years30 Years30 Years30 Years30 Years30 Years30 Years30 Years30 Years
WarrantyLimited Lifetime Warranty as specified by ManufacturerLimited Lifetime Warranty as specified by ManufacturerLimited Lifetime Warranty as specified by ManufacturerLimited Lifetime Warranty as specified by ManufacturerLimited Lifetime Warranty as specified by ManufacturerLimited Lifetime Warranty as specified by ManufacturerLimited Lifetime Warranty as specified by ManufacturerLimited Lifetime Warranty as specified by ManufacturerLimited Lifetime Warranty as specified by ManufacturerLimited Lifetime Warranty as specified by ManufacturerMax 50 Cleanings Per Tape

What is the difference between Native and compressed capacity of LTO tapes?

Data to be written on the tape is compressed before its written. If the data is highly repetitive, it will have high compression ratio ( a Text file will be compressabile, a BMP image is highly compressible). But if the data is already compressed ( say you have tarred or Zipped the data already), it won’t be further compressible.

For Data That’s non compressed you will see capacity higher than the native capacity. For data that’s already compressed you will capacity close to the native capacity.

TLDR : Native capacity is what is guaranteed. You might get Compressed capacity , ormore than the compressed capacity depending on how compressible your data is.

What is a typical Compression ratio ?

Upto LTO-5 the compression ratio was defined as 2:1. It assumed that 100GB data for example could be compressed to 50GB. From LTO-6 onwards the Compression ratio is defined as 2.5:1.

Compression ratio always depends on the data you are writing. A tar file can’t be further compressed for example, whereas a file of repetitive data can be compressed beyond 3 or 4 times.

What is the meaning of Limited Lifetime Warranty ?

For the lifetime of the Media, its covered by warranty by manufacturer. Typically the useful lifetime of the media will be defined in years and number of read/write mounts. Refer to the vendor website for more details on warranty.

Can I use a newer LTO media in my old Tape drive ?

No, There is no forward Compatibility. Which means Your can’t use LTO-9 media (when its launched) in your LTO-8 tape drive. To use LTO-9 Media you would have to upgrade your tape drive to LTO-9 tape drive.

Can I use my old Media in new tape drive ?

Yes, LTO Drive are backward compatible to 2 previous generations. Each New LTO tape drive is Read/Write compatible to previous generation and Read only Compatible to generation before that. For Exmaple LTO- 7 tape drive is RW compatible to LTO-6 and Read-Only LTO-5. This way you know that any old media you have ( upto 2 prior generations) is also compatible. The only Exception is LTO-8 Drive which is not compatible with LTO-6.

Can I use LTO-6 Tape Media in my LTO-8 drive ? Why is the LTO-8 drive not backward compatible to 2 previous Gens

LTO-8 tape drive is the only tape drive which is not comaptible with 2 previous generations. However it has a special functionality – it can format your LTO-7 Media as a 50% high capacity LTO-7 type M media

What is LTO-7 type M Media ?

LTO-8 tape drive can Format a previously unused LTO-7 media as LTO-7 type M media. The advantage is that instead of 6TB native capacity, it would yield 9TB compressed capacity. This media however is only writable in LTO-8 tape drive.

That’s 50% more capacity for LTO-7 media at the same price.

Can you give me pre-labelled custom Labels for LTO tapes ?

Yes, there are 3 ways to obtain Barcode LTO labels

1. You can buy an HP LTO Label pack, which has 100 data + 10 cleaning labels. They are non customized.
2. We can get you Customized barcode labels within a day ( Say AUH001L8 to AUH099L8).
3. We can get you an HP Prelabelled tape which is labelled by HP . Lead time on these tapes is typically 7-10 days.

What is the difference between LTO tapes using Metal Particle (MP) and Barium Ferrite (BaFe) ?

All the older Generation LTO tapes use Metal Particle technology. This technology has limitations in how densly you can pack data on a single tape.
Starting LTO-6 almost all the manufacturers shifted to BaFe to acheive higher density. HP continued to offer both MP and BaFe Variants on LTO-6
LTO-7 onwards all the tapes are BaFe.
LTO-6 tapes are the only generation available either as BaFe or as MP from HP . Both BaFe and MP have the same specifications and will work seemlessly in the LTO-6 drive .


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