LTO bar code label
Each LTO data, cleaning, and diagnostic cartridge that is processed by the TS3500 tape library must bear a bar code label.
- A volume serial (VOLSER) number that you can read
- A bar code that the library can read
xequals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, T, U, V, W, X, or Y) or
Midentifies the cartridge as an LTO cartridge.
1indicates that the cartridge is the first generation of its type.
8indicates that the cartridge is the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth generation of its type.
Tindicates that the cartridge is a generation 3 WORM cartridge,
Uindicates that the cartridge is a generation 4 WORM cartridge,
Vindicates that the cartridge is a generation 5 WORM cartridge,
Windicates that the cartridge is a generation 6 WORM cartridge,
Xindicates that the cartridge is a generation 7 WORM cartridge, and
Yindicates that the cartridge is a generation 8 WORM cartridge.
Figure 1 shows a sample bar code label for the LTO 7 tape cartridge.
- Eight uppercase alphanumeric characters, where the last two characters must be
- Label and printing to be non-glossy
- Nominal narrow line or space width of 0.423 mm (0.017 in.)
- Wide to narrow ratio of 2.75:1
- Minimum bar length of 11.1 mm (0.44 in.)
To determine the complete specifications of the bar code and the bar code label, go to http://www-304.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=ssg1S7000429 to download the IBM LTO Ultrium Cartridge Label Specification. You can also contact your IBM® Sales Representative for this specification.
When attaching a bar code label to a tape cartridge, place the label only in the recessed bar code label area. A label that extends outside of the recessed area can cause loading problems in the drive or the library.
You can use the Tape Library Specialist web interface to configure the library so that it reports to the server all eight characters of the VOLSER on the bar code label or only the first six characters.