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  • Page 1 A-Series Tape Drives 81-81487-04 A01...
  • Page 2 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide, 81-81487-04 A01, July 2008. Quantum Corporation provides this publication “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Preface Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Introduction Overview... 1 Product Features ... 3 Getting Started Java™ Plug-in... 6 The Java Plug-in... 6 Certificate of Security... 6 Resetting System Defaults ... 7 SDLT 600A Drive Reset ... 8 LTO-3A Drive Reset ...
  • Page 4 Chapter 3 Appendix A Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Using Your Tape Drive Front Panel LEDs and Tape Eject ... 13 SDLT 600A ... 13 LTO-3A... 16 A-Series Data Cartridges... 18 Write-Protect Switch ... 18 Write Protecting a SDLT 600A Data Cartridge ... 18 Write Protecting an Ultrium Data Cartridge ...
  • Page 5 Appendix B Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Air Flow Requirements... 41 Temperature and Humidity ... 41 Storage and Shipment ... 42 Altitude ... 43 Recording Media Specifications... 43 Media Structure... 43 Physical Data Cartridge ... 44 Media Shipping, Operating, and Storage Specifications ... 45 A-Series LTO-3A Tape Drive ...
  • Page 6 Appendix C Glossary Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Regulatory Compliance SDLT 600A ... 72 Safety Certifications... 72 Electromagnetic Field Specifications ... 72 Electromagnetic Emissions... 72 Electromagnetic Interference Susceptibility ... 73 Immunity and ESD Limits... 73 Acoustic Noise Emissions... 74 LTO-3A ...
  • Page 7 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Figure 1 SDLT 600A Tabletop Drive... 2 Figure 2 Certificate of Security ... 7 Figure 3 SDLT 600A Front Panel Display ... 13 Figure 4 LTO-3A Front Panel Display ... 16 Figure 5 Super DLTtape II Data Cartridge ... 18 Figure 6 Write-protect Switch on Super DLTtape II Data Cartridge .
  • Page 8 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Figure 18 Problems to Look for Inside the Data Cartridge Door... 59 Figure 19 Write-Protect Switch on Super DLTtape II Data Cartridge . 60 Figure 20 Ultrium Tape Cartridge Write-Protect Switch ... 63 Figure 21 Loading a Super DLTtape II Data Cartridge...
  • Page 9 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Table 1 Storage Capacity and Transfer Rates ... 3 Table 2 SDLT 600A LED Codes ... 14 Table 3 LTO-3A LED Codes ... 17 Table 4 LED Lighting Pattern During Power-On Self-Test (POST).. 23 Table 5 Troubleshooting Chart ...
  • Page 10 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Table 18 Super DLTtape II Media Storage Limits ... 45 Table 19 LTO-3A Physical Specifications ... 46 Table 20 Drive Performance Specifications ... 47 Table 21 Environmental Requirements... 49 Table 22 Reliability Specifications ... 50 Table 23 Environmental Tolerances ...
  • Page 11 Audience Purpose Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide This document serves as an easy-to-use information source to familiarize Quantum customers and systems professionals with the A-Series tape drives. The primary audience for this document consists of end users installing and using the tape drive. This document provides information on the A-Series tape drives including: •...
  • Page 12 Document Organization Notational Conventions Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide This document is organized as follows: • Chapter 1, Introduction, provides an overview of the tape drive and product features. • Chapter 2, Getting Started, includes information on the Java Plug-in, resetting system defaults, and warranty, safety, handling, and ESD precautions.
  • Page 13 Related Documents Contacts Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide This document uses the following: • Right side of the tape drive — Refers to the right side as you face the component being described. • Left side of the tape drive — Refers to the left side as you face the component being described.
  • Page 14 Getting More Information or Help Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Quantum Home Page Visit the Quantum home page at: www.quantum.com StorageCare™, Quantum’s comprehensive service approach, leverages advanced data access and diagnostics technologies with cross- environment, multi-vendor expertise to resolve backup issues faster and at lower cost.
  • Page 15 Software License Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The A-Series Tape Drives use GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) and hence can be freely used in commercial or non-commercial products. It should be noted, however, that under the LGPL, edtFTPj must be used as a library and not directly incorporated into codebase.
  • Page 16 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide...
  • Page 17: Chapter 1 Introduction

    Overview Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The Quantum A-Series Tape Drives: • SDLT 600A • LTO-3A This chapter describes the features of the tape drives and covers the following topics: • Overview describes a basic overview of the A-Series tape drives. •...
  • Page 18: Figure 1 Sdlt 600a Tabletop Drive

    Figure 1 SDLT 600A Tabletop Drive Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The A-Series tape drives are available in two configurations, tabletop (as shown in figure 1) and rackmount. Overview...
  • Page 19: Product Features

    Product Features Table 1 Storage Capacity and Transfer Rates Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The A-Series tape drives offer the following product features: A-Series Maximum Storage Tape Drive SDLT 600A LTO-3A • The SDLT 600A tape drive allows for over 6 hours of HD (high definition) and over 25 hours of SD (standard definition) storage on a single Super DLTtape II media cartridge.
  • Page 20 Chapter 1 Introduction Product Features • For more information on the SDLT tape products and other product information, go to www.dlttape.com. This Web page provides information that is constantly updated as needed. Refer to this Web site often to obtain the most current information.
  • Page 21: Chapter 2 Getting Started

    Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide This chapter provides pointers to information you need to install and configure your A-Series tape drive and also to access and use the A-Series FTP file server. For information on installing and configuring the Quantum Note: A-Series Tape Drive, see the Quantum A-Series Tape Drives Quick Start Guide (81-81488).
  • Page 22: Java™ Plug-in

    Java™ Plug-in The Java Plug-in Certificate of Security Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The A-Series tape drive utilizes a Web-based interface allowing you to manage the tape drive from a remote workstation on the same network. The tape drive is configured and managed through Web pages accessible by Internet browser software installed on the host computer.
  • Page 23: Resetting System Defaults

    Figure 2 Certificate of Security Resetting System Defaults Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide As there is no access to the A-Series tape drive other than the Ethernet port, a mechanism has been implemented to reset the settings to their default values.
  • Page 24: Sdlt 600a Drive Reset

    SDLT 600A Drive Reset LTO-3A Drive Reset Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide To reset an SDLT 600A tape drive back to default values: 1 Disconnect the network cable from the drive. 2 Switch off your tape drive. 3 Insert a write protected cartridge into the drive. 4 Switch on the tape drive (after approximately one minute, the cartridge will be ejected).
  • Page 25: Warranty Note

    Warranty Note Safety, Handling, and ESD Protection Safety Precautions Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide See the warranty before installing your tape drive. Certain actions taken during installation could void the warranty if not properly conducted. Generally, the Limited Product and Limited Repair Warranties are contingent upon proper use in the application for which the product is intended;...
  • Page 26: Handling

    Handling Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide 3 The Pivoting Optical Servo (POS) uses a Class I laser product. This laser product complies with 29 CFR 1200 and 29 CFR 1910 as applicable on the date of manufacture. If you open the tape drive chassis, you may become Warning: exposed to invisible laser emission which could be harmful if you are directly exposed to the beam.
  • Page 27: Electrostatic Discharge Protection

    Electrostatic Discharge Protection Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide • Do not expose the tape drive to moisture. • Do not place foreign objects inside the tape drive’s receiver area. Several electrical components of the A-Series tape drive are sensitive to static electricity and electrostatic discharge (ESD).
  • Page 28: Chapter 3 Using Your Tape Drive

    Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Using Your Tape Drive This chapter provides information about the LEDs and buttons on the front panels of the A-Series tape drives, A-Series data cartridges, formatting tape media cartridges, updating the firmware, cleaning the A-Series tape mechanism, and troubleshooting.
  • Page 29: Front Panel Leds And Tape Eject

    Front Panel LEDs and Tape Eject SDLT 600A Figure 3 SDLT 600A Front Panel Display Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide All LEDs are on the front panel of the A-Series tape drives along with the manual tape cartridge eject button. Use these LEDs to monitor the activity of your A-Series tape drive as necessary.
  • Page 30: Table 2 Sdlt 600a Led Codes

    Table 2 SDLT 600A LED Codes LED/Button/ Color/ Port Title Symbol All LEDs All LEDs illuminate briefly and then illuminate in sequence until the reset completes No LED No LEDs illuminate Cartridge Status Green Cartridge Status Orange Green Drive Status LED Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Action Explanation...
  • Page 31 LED/Button/ Color/ Port Title Symbol Cleaning Yellow Required LED Eject Button Infrared Communication Port Whenever the tape drive resets, all LEDs illuminate briefly and then illuminate in sequence Note: until the reset completes. Whenever the tape drive encounters an error, all LEDs flash together. Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Action Explanation...
  • Page 32: Lto-3a

    LTO-3A Figure 4 LTO-3A Front Panel Display Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide As shown in figure 4, the LTO-3A tape drive front panel display has four LED indicators that reflect the operating condition of the drive: The green LED is on whenever power is applied to the drive. POWER The green LED, the orange...
  • Page 33: Table 3 Lto-3a Led Codes

    Table 3 LTO-3A LED Codes Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Activity LED Drive Condition (Green) Cleaning Request Cleaning cartridge present Cleaning cartridge at Cleaning failure or media error Hardware error Manual intervention required Microcode download Microcode download error Positioning – loading, unloading, rewinding, spacing, or locating Power On Self Test...
  • Page 34: A-series Data Cartridges

    A-Series Data Cartridges Write-Protect Switch Write Protecting a SDLT 600A Data Cartridge Figure 5 Super DLTtape II Data Cartridge Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide By following general handling procedures, conducting careful visual inspections of data cartridges on a regular, ongoing basis, and being certain to store data cartridges within their environmental limits, you will greatly reduce any chance that you will experience problems with your data cartridges or cause damage to your A-Series tape drive.
  • Page 35: Figure 6 Write-protect Switch On Super Dlttape Ii Data Cartridge

    Figure 6 Write-protect Switch on Super DLTtape II Data Cartridge Orange Indicator Rectangle Write-protect Switch Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Note: The Super DLTtape II data cartridge has a keying feature to ensure you cannot load it into a previous generation DLT tape drive.
  • Page 36: Write Protecting An Ultrium Data Cartridge

    Write Protecting an Ultrium Data Cartridge Figure 7 Write-protect Switch on Ultrium Data Cartridge Loading a Data Cartridge Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Ultrium tape cartridges have a sliding write-protect switch at the right- rear corner as shown in figure Sliding the write-protect switch toward the .
  • Page 37: Unloading A Data Cartridge

    Figure 8 Loading a Super DLTtape II Data Cartridge Unloading a Data Cartridge Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Tape Drive Data Cartridge Follow these steps to unload a data cartridge: 1 Press the button (or issue an appropriate system software Eject command).
  • Page 38: Data Cartridge Care And Maintenance

    Data Cartridge Care and Maintenance Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Observe the following precautions to protect your data: • Remove the cartridge from the drive when not in use Always: and store it in its protective case. • Avoid dropping the cartridge. This can damage components inside the cartridge, possibly rendering the tape unusable.
  • Page 39: Power On Self-test (post) Troubleshooting

    Power On Self-Test (POST) Troubleshooting POST Operation Table 4 LED Lighting Pattern During Power-On Self-Test (POST) Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide This section provides troubleshooting information that might be helpful should the system fail its power on self-test (POST). See the data cartridge appendices in this document complete visual inspection instructions for Super DLTtape II data cartridges.
  • Page 40: Figure 9 Sdlt 600a Tape Drive Front Panel Leds

    Figure 9 SDLT 600A Tape Drive Front Panel LEDs Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Stage What You Observe When POST is complete, the middle LED stops flashing and remains illuminated; the left LED turns off, and right LED remains off. POST If POST fails, the middle and right LEDs illuminate Failure...
  • Page 41: Post Troubleshooting Tips

    POST Troubleshooting Tips Table 5 Troubleshooting Chart If… The system does not recognize the tape drive. The tape drive does not power You are experiencing reduced drive transfer rates. Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Table 5 provides troubleshooting tips that you will find useful in the event that your tape drive fails its POST.
  • Page 42: Over Temperature Condition

    Over Temperature Condition Frequently Asked Questions Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The tape drive has a thermal sensor located in the tape path. This sensor, which is used to accurately monitor the air temperature in the tape path, issues a TapeAlert warning at 47 degrees C, and detects an overtemp condition when the temperature in the tape path reaches 50 degrees C.
  • Page 43: Appendix A Specifications

    Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide This appendix describes the technology behind the drives as well as the various specifications that apply to the A-Series tape drives. • A-Series SDLT 600A Tape Drive • A-Series LTO-3A Tape Drive This chapter describes the technology behind the drives as well as the various specifications that apply to the Quantum A-Series Tape Drives.
  • Page 44: A-series Sdlt 600a Tape Drive

    A-Series SDLT 600A Tape Drive Laser Guided Magnetic Recording Pivoting Optical Servo Magneto Resistive Cluster Heads Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The SDLT 600A tape drive incorporates various new state-of-the-art technologies that contribute to the SDLT architecture. Some of these ideas are trademarked, others are patented.
  • Page 45: Advanced Partial Response Maximum Likelihood

    Advanced Partial Response Maximum Likelihood Advanced Metal Powder Media Positive Engagement Tape Leader Buckling Mechanism Modular Design Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Improving on Partial Response Maximum Likelihood (PRML) technology traditionally used in disk drives and communication systems, advanced PRML channel technology, co-developed with Lucent Technologies, brings new levels of performance and capacity to high-performance linear tape products.
  • Page 46: Figure 10 Sdlt 600a Tape Drive Modular Design

    Figure 10 SDLT 600A Tape Drive Modular Design Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide As shown in figure 10, the SDLT 600A tape drive consists of five distinct modules: • Data Control Module (DCM) • Tape Control Module (TCM) • Front Panel Module (FPM) •...
  • Page 47: Data Control Module

    Data Control Module Tape Control Module TCM PCBA Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The Data Control Module (DCM) contains several of the functions and features of LGMR technology, which is at the heart of the SDLT technology. Of the five technologies that constitute the LGMR technology, two are in the DCM.
  • Page 48: Front Panel Module

    Base Plate Data Cartridge Receiver Positive Engagement Tape Leader Buckling Mechanism Front Panel Module Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide as a stand-alone module, simplifying the design, manufacturing, and troubleshooting processes. The SDLT 600A tape drive base plate is an aluminum die casting with precisely machined surfaces.
  • Page 49: Electronic Interface Module

    Electronic Interface Module Super DLTtape II Data Cartridge Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide • Delivering the overall cosmetic look of the system. The FPM is a single module with lenses for the system’s LEDs and a button to activate the drive eject switch. The SDLT 600A tape drive front panel contains no electronics.
  • Page 50: Product Specifications

    Product Specifications Positive Engagement Tape Leader Buckling Mechanism Functional Specifications Performance Data Table 6 SDLT 600A Tape Drive Performance Data Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The following subsections contain product specifications for the SDLT 600A tape drive. This buckling mechanism engages the tape leaders upon data cartridge load and disengages them upon data cartridge unload.
  • Page 51: Shock And Vibration Specifications

    Shock and Vibration Specifications Table 7 Non-operating Shock Specifications (Unpackaged) Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Item Rewind Tape Speed Linear Search Tape Speed Average Rewind Time** Maximum Rewind Time** Average Access Time** (from BOT) Maximum Access Time** (from BOT) Load to BOT** Unload from BOT** Nominal Tape Tension...
  • Page 52: Table 8 Non-operating Shock Specifications (packaged, Drop)

    Table 8 Non-Operating Shock Specifications (Packaged, Drop) Table 9 Non-Operating Vibration Specifications (Unpackaged) Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Shock (Unpackaged) Application X,Y,Z axes, twice in each axis (once in each direction) Shock (Packaged, Height Drop) of Drop Drop 42 inches 36 inches Vibration (Unpackaged) Type...
  • Page 53: Table 10 Non-operating Vibration Specifications (packaged)

    Table 10 Non-Operating Vibration Specifications (Packaged) Table 11 Operating Shock and Vibration Specifications Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Vibration (Packaged) Type Random Frequency Range Truck Profile* (0.5 Grms) Air Profile* (1.0 Grms) Application X,Y,Z axes (30 minutes, each profile and each axis, for a total of 3 hours) Type Sine, Sweep, and Dwell...
  • Page 54: Current And Power Requirements

    Current and Power Requirements Table 12 Current Requirements — SCSI Interface 5 V Current (A) MaxPk MaxMean Mode Standby/Idle Media Loading/ Unloading 600A Write – Motor Start 600A Write – Streaming Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Shock Application X,Y,Z axes The tape drive draws the highest current (and power) during the native write modes.
  • Page 55 5 V Current (A) MaxPk MaxMean Mode Max for SDLT 600A tape drive Modes The Max-Peak value represents short current spikes drawn for durations of < 50ms. On the 12V supply, the peaks correspond to the pulse-width-modulated switching of the motors. These values are calculated from the average of Peak-ripple-current + 2 sigma, measured at nominal DC voltage.
  • Page 56: Table 13 Power Requirements - Scsi Interface

    Table 13 Power Requirements — SCSI Interface Mode Standby/Idle Media Loading/Unloading 600A Write – Motor Start 600A Write – Streaming Max for SDLT 600A tape drive Modes The Max-Peak value represents short current spikes drawn for durations of < 50ms. On the 12V supply, the peaks correspond to the pulse-width-modulated switching of the motors.
  • Page 57: Sdlt 600a Tape Drive Recording Method

    SDLT 600A Tape Drive Recording Method Environmental Specifications Air Flow Requirements Temperature and Humidity Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The SDLT 600A tape drive uses the Partial Response Maximum Likelihood (PRML) 32/33 encoding method for reading/writing SDLT 600A tape drive format. It uses the same algorithm for reading SDLT 220, SDLT 320, and the DLT VS160 tape drive formats.
  • Page 58: Storage And Shipment

    Table 14 Temperature and Humidity Specification Storage and Shipment Table 15 Tape Drive Storage and Shipment Specifications Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Specification Operating Limits Wet Bulb 25 °C (77 °F) Temperature 10 °C to 40 °C Dry Bulb (50 °F to 104 °F) Temperature Range 11 °C (20 °F)/hour...
  • Page 59: Altitude

    Altitude Recording Media Specifications Table 16 Super DLTtape II Media Specifications Media Structure Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Both the internal and tabletop tape drives operate in normal pressures from –500 to 10,000 feet when operated within the ambient operating environments specified in Temperature and Humidity The SDLT 600A tape drive will operate to 30,000 feet for temperatures...
  • Page 60: Physical Data Cartridge

    Figure 11 Multiple Layers Comprise Super DLTtape II Media Physical Data Cartridge Figure 12 Super DLTtape II Data Cartridge Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide A durable plastic case encloses the Super DLTtape II media, as shown in figure Recording Media Specifications High Coercivity Magnetic Layer Under Layer...
  • Page 61: Media Shipping, Operating, And Storage Specifications

    Media Shipping, Operating, and Storage Specifications Figure 13 Super DLTtape II Media Shipping Limits Table 17 Super DLTtape II Media Operating Limits Table 18 Super DLTtape II Media Storage Limits (Continued) Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The optimum media shipping conditions are described in Shipping Conditions Temperature Relative Humidity...
  • Page 62: A-series Lto-3a Tape Drive

    A-Series LTO-3A Tape Drive Table 19 LTO-3A Physical Specifications Power Specifications Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Table 19 lists the physical specifications of the A-Series LTO-3A tabletop tape drive. Dimension Value Width 6.88 inches 174.75 mm) Height 6.48 inches (164.46 mm) Depth 12.6 inches...
  • Page 63: Drive Performance Specifications

    Drive Performance Specifications Table 20 Drive Performance Specifications Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Table 20 lists the performance specifications of the LTO-3 Half-Height Tape Drive. Specification Average data access time (650-m tape) from BOW (beginning of wrap) Average rewind time (650-m tape) Max rewind time (650-m tape)
  • Page 64 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Specification Maximum rewind time (650-m tape) Recording density Recording format Recording method Recording undetectable errors Recording unrecoverable errors Synchronous transfer rate (burst) Tape drive type Tape speed Track density Transfer rate (sustained) Drive Performance Specifications Value <...
  • Page 65: Environmental Requirements

    Environmental Requirements Table 21 Environmental Requirements Specification Acoustic level idling (A-wt sum) Acoustic level operational (A-wt sum) Airflow requirements Altitude Humidity gradient Relative humidity Shock (1/2 sine wave) Temperature Thermal gradient Vibration (sweep test) Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Table 21 lists the environmental specifications of the LTO-3 Half-Height Tape Drive.
  • Page 66: Reliability Specifications

    Reliability Specifications Table 22 Reliability Specifications Mean Time Between Failures Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The LTO-3 Half-Height Tape Drive is designed for maximum reliability and data integrity. Table 22 lists the reliability specifications. Specification Description Cartridge load/ 100,000 cartridge load/unload cycles (no unload thread) Error recovery and...
  • Page 67: Mean Time To Replace

    Mean Time to Replace LTO Cartridge Specifications Environmental Considerations Table 23 Environmental Tolerances Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The MTBF for the tabletop drive power supply is 50,000 hours with the unit operated at full load and 25°C. Note: The MTBF rating does not represent any particular drive, but is derived from a large database of test samples.
  • Page 68: Cartridge Memory

    Cartridge Memory Cartridge Reliability Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide If during storage and/or transportation a cartridge has been exposed to conditions outside the specified values, it must be conditioned before use in the operating environment. The conditioning shall be exposure to the operating environment for a time equal to, or greater than, the time away from the operating environment, up to a maximum of 24 hours.
  • Page 69: Appendix B Data Cartridges

    Using Data Cartridges for the SDLT 600A Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide This appendix provides data cartridge information for the following A-Series tape drives: • Using Data Cartridges for the SDLT 600A • Using Data Cartridges for the LTO-3A The Super DLTtape II data cartridge is dark blue and has a keying feature that prevent insertion into the older generation DLT tape drives, as shown in...
  • Page 70: Data Cartridge Handling Guidelines

    Figure 14 Super DLTtape II Data Cartridge Data Cartridge Handling Guidelines Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Note: The Super DLTtape II data cartridge has a keying feature to ensure you cannot load it into a previous generation DLT tape drives.
  • Page 71 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide • Do not carry data cartridges loosely in a box or any other container. Allowing data cartridges to jostle together exposes them to unnecessary physical shock. • Always observe the proper environmental conditions for storing data cartridges.
  • Page 72: Data Cartridge Inspection Procedure

    Data Cartridge Inspection Procedure Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide • Be certain you place the unused data cartridge labels in the protective box so that you do not inadvertently pick them up along with the data cartridge during subsequent usage. A static electricity charge on a data cartridge may cause a label to cling to the data cartridge.
  • Page 73: Figure 15 Bottom View Of Super Dlttape Ii Data Cartridge

    Figure 15 Bottom View of Super DLTtape II Data Cartridge Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide 2 Check for loose debris attached to the shell, and for other contamination (oily, slimy, or sticky substances) that may have built up on the surface of the shell. 3 Check the data cartridge for any obvious cracks or other physical damage to the shell.
  • Page 74: Figure 16 Super Dlttape Ii Data Cartridge Reel Locks

    Data Cartridge Inspection Procedure Figure 16 Super DLTtape II Data Cartridge Reel Locks Reel Lock Reel Lock 6 Once again, look at the end of the data cartridge, holding it as shown figure Figure 17 Opening the Super DLTtape II Data Cartridge Door Tab in the door pivot notch Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide...
  • Page 75: Figure 18 Problems To Look For Inside The Data Cartridge Door

    Figure 18 Problems to Look for Inside the Data Cartridge Door Leader bar Properly “toed” data cartridge buckling clips Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide 7 Open the data cartridge door by pressing on the tab in the door pivot notch as shown in figure leader.
  • Page 76: Data Cartridge Write-protect Switch

    Data Cartridge Write-Protect Switch Figure 19 Write-Protect Switch on Super DLTtape II Data Cartridge Orange Indicator Rectangle Write-protect Switch Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Each data cartridge has a write-protect switch that you can use to prevent accidental erasure of data. Before inserting the data cartridge into the tape drive, position the write-protect switch on the front of the data cartridge (figure 19) according to the type of operations you expect to perform.
  • Page 77: Table 25 Write-protect Switch Positions

    Table 25 Write-Protect Switch Positions Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide • Slide the write-protect switch to the right to disable write protection (you can write over existing data on the media, and you can append additional data to the media unless the data cartridge is write- protected via firmware).
  • Page 78: Using Data Cartridges For The Lto-3a

    Using Data Cartridges for the LTO-3A Loading a Tape Cartridge Unloading a Tape Cartridge Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Orange Write-protect Write-protect Switch Position Indicator If you move the Not Visible write-protect switch from its left (enabled) position to its right (disabled) position To load an Ultrium tape cartridge into the A-Series LTO-3A tape drive,...
  • Page 79: Write Protecting A Tape Cartridge

    Write Protecting a Tape Cartridge Figure 20 Ultrium Tape Cartridge Write-Protect Switch Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Ultrium tape cartridges have a sliding write-protect switch at the right- rear corner as shown in figure Sliding the write-protect switch toward the . . . center of the cartridge (the Locked position), corner of the cartridge...
  • Page 80: Tape Cartridge Care And Maintenance

    Tape Cartridge Care and Maintenance Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Observe the following precautions to protect the data on your Ultrium tape cartridges: • Remove the cartridge from the drive when not in use Always: and store it in its protective case. •...
  • Page 81: Cleaning The Tape Mechanism

    Cleaning the Tape Mechanism Occasional Cleaning of Tape Head SDLT 600A Life Expectancy of the Cleaning Tape Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide This section discusses the tape drive cleaning tape, maintenance considerations, and important compatibility issues. When the Note: Cleaning Required and Tape Eject), use the appropriate cleaning tape (SDLT or...
  • Page 82: Compatibility Of The Cleaning Tape

    Compatibility of the Cleaning Tape Loading the Cleaning Tape Into a Tabletop Tape Drive LTO-3A Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The SDLT CleaningTape is intended for use in SDLT 600A tape drives Alternatively stated, the SDLT CleaningTape only cleans the SDLT MRC heads.
  • Page 83 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide 2 Observe that both the Status and Activity LEDs are on steady during the cleaning process. Note: If the A-Series LTO-3A tape drive does not recognize the cartridge as an LTO cleaning cartridge, the drive stops the cleaning process and ejects the cartridge.
  • Page 84: Performing An Emergency Reset And Cartridge Eject

    Performing an Emergency Reset and Cartridge Eject Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Performing an Emergency Reset and Cartridge Eject If the A-Series LTO-3A tape drive stops communicating with the host computer, use the following procedure to reset the drive and eject a cartridge (if necessary).
  • Page 85: Loading A Data Cartridge

    Loading a Data Cartridge Figure 21 Loading a Super DLTtape II Data Cartridge Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Complete this subsection to load a data cartridge into the front of the tape drive; see figure 21 as needed. 1 Insert the data cartridge into the front of the tape drive, as shown in figure 2 Push the data cartridge fully into the tape drive.
  • Page 86: Unloading A Data Cartridge

    Unloading a Data Cartridge Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide A tape cartridge can be unloaded during an active FTP session Note: only by using the built-in FTP client. Right-click within the right pane of the FTP client window to display the menu, then click Eject tape Follow these steps to unload a data cartridge;...
  • Page 87: Appendix C Regulatory Compliance

    Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Regulatory Compliance This chapter describes various regulations that apply to the A-Series tape drives: • SDLT 600A • LTO-3A Appendix C...
  • Page 88: Sdlt 600a

    SDLT 600A Safety Certifications Electromagnetic Field Specifications Electromagnetic Emissions Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide This section lists the safety regulations that the A-Series SDLT 600A Tape Drive meets or exceeds. The SDLT 600A tape drive meets or exceeds the following safely requirements: •...
  • Page 89: Electromagnetic Interference Susceptibility

    Electromagnetic Interference Susceptibility Table 26 EMI Regulations and Certifications Immunity and ESD Limits Table 27 Immunity and ESD Failure Level Limits Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Table 26 provides regulations and certifications held by the SDLT 600A tape drive for Electromagnetic Interference (EMI). Type EEC Directive 89/336 CE CFR 47/ICES-003...
  • Page 90: Acoustic Noise Emissions

    Acoustic Noise Emissions Table 28 Acoustic Noise Emissions, Nominal Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Test Name Radiated Electromagnetic Immunity Electrical Fast Transient / Burst Immunity Electrical Surge Immunity Conducted Electromagnetic Immunity Power Frequency Magnetic Field Immunity AC Voltage Dips and Interrupts Immunity Acoustic noise emission levels are listed in and sound pressure, for the SDLT 600A tape drive.
  • Page 91: Lto-3a

    LTO-3A Table 29 Safety Compliance Country Canada EU member nations Germany Member nations of IECEE* Russia United States Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The A-Series LTO-3 tape drive complies with the safety standards listed table 29 and the EMC regulations listed Regulatory Organization Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
  • Page 92: Table 30 Electromagnetic Compatibility (emc) Compliance

    Table 30 Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Compliance Country Australia Canada EU member nations Japan New Zealand Russia United States Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Regulatory Organization Standards Australia Spectrum Management “C-Tick” Industry Canada Digital Apparaus - Interference-Causing Equipment Standard (ICES-003) Voluntary Control Council for Interface (VCCI) Standards Australia Spectrum...
  • Page 93: Environmental Compliance

    Environmental Compliance Perchlorate Material Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Also consider the following safety points: • Install the drive in an enclosure that limits the user’s access to live parts, gives adequate system stability and provides the necessary grounding for the drive. •...
  • Page 94: Disposal Of Electrical And Electronic Equipment

    Disposal of Electrical and Electronic Equipment Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product should not be disposed of with your other waste. Instead, it should be handed over to a designated collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment.
  • Page 95: Glossary

    Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The following is an alphabetical list of specialized words and technical terms with their definitions, commonly used in the tape drive and tape media industry. (v.) To read, write, or update information on a storage medium, Access such as magnetic media.
  • Page 96 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Java applets are small Java programs that get downloaded to the Applet client computer and then run from a web browser when a web page that uses Java is loaded. The removal or copying of data from the computer system Archiving onto secondary storage media that is safely stored away.
  • Page 97 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The degree Celsius (°C) is a unit of temperature. Specialized RAM used as a buffer between a fast CPU or I/O Cache channel and storage which has a relatively slow access time (for example, cartridge or diskette), to avoid slowing down the former.
  • Page 98 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The Data Control Module provides the path and guides for all media motion inside the tape drive and to write data to and read data from the media. A low-level (usually kernel-mode) operating system Device Driver component that enables a PC to communicate with peripheral devices such as printers, CD-ROMs, and tape drives.
  • Page 99 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide (n.) Characters (or bytes) of information converted to magnetic Encoding patterns on the media. (v.) The process of converting to the desired pattern. End of Data. Location on media where the last session stopped. End of Media or End of Tape.
  • Page 100 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Gigabyte SI — 1,000,000,000 bytes or 10 of Units (SI) definition commonly used by telecommunications and storage manufacturers. GiB — 1,073,741,824 bytes, equal to 1024 definition often used in computer science, computer programming, and in the majority of computer operating systems documentation.
  • Page 101 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide The International Organization for Standardization is an international non-governmental standard-setting body made up of representatives from national standards bodies. Independent Software Vendor. A kilobyte is a unit of measure equal to 1 thousand (1024) bytes. SI —...
  • Page 102 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide first to describe the structure of the file and its play out but also to let the user specify its own metadata metadata annotating the content of the file This format is also designed to ensure the interchange of data in a streaming environment such as data tape storage or networked communications.
  • Page 103 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Partial Response Maximum Likelihood is a method for PRML converting the weak analog signal from the head of a magnetic disk drive into a digital signal. Also see <Link>Advanced PRML. Printed Wiring Assembly - Commonly known as PCB(A) for Printed Circuit Board (Assembly).
  • Page 104 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide Tape cartridge. Tape A firmware feature that monitors and returns the results of TapeAlert™ the tape drive’s on-going self-diagnosis activity. The path through which media moves from the cartridge, past Tape Path the read/write head, and onto the take-up reel. The Tape Control Module implements the functions required to buckle and unbuckle the media and control the media motion.
  • Page 105 Quantum A-Series Tape Drives User’s Guide A kind of edit list used only for the partial restore of .mxf files. Virtual file Storing a file means creating a copy of a file from your local disk and transferring it to tape. Retrieving a file is the reverse operation.

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