LTO Technical Details

LTO (Linear Tape-Open) is a tape standard developed by HP, IBM, and Seagate as a competitor to DLT.

A standard LTO tape stores data in 384 data tracks, which are in turn divided into 4 data bands of 96 tracks each. The data bands are filled one-at-a-time, in a linear fashion.

LTO tapes contain 4KB of non-volatile memory; this storage space contains data about the tape and can be read without the time required to read the magnetic tape itself.

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