Handling the cartridges

Incorrect handling or an incorrect environment can damage cartridges or their magnetic tape.

Attention: Do not insert a damaged tape cartridge into the drive. A damaged cartridge can interfere with the reliability of a drive and might void the warranties of the drive and the cartridge. Before a tape cartridge is inserted, inspect the cartridge case, cartridge door, and write-protect switch for breaks.

To avoid damage to your tape cartridges and to ensure the continued high reliability of your IBM® LTO Ultrium tape drives, use the following guidelines: