Handle the LTO tape cartridge carefully

Handle the LTO tape cartridges carefully to ensure they do not get damaged.

  • Do not drop the LTO tape cartridge. If the cartridge drops, slide the cartridge door back and ensure that the leader pin is properly positioned in the pin-retaining spring clips. If the leader pin has become dislodged, perform the procedure to reposition it.
  • Do not handle tape that is outside the cartridge. Handling the tape can damage the tape's surface or edges, which may interfere with read or write reliability. Pulling on tape that is outside the cartridge can damage the tape and the brake mechanism in the cartridge.
  • Do not stack more than six cartridges.
  • Do not degauss a cartridge that you intend to reuse. Degaussing makes the tape unusable.