Tape - What is a tape media "pass" ? (Doc ID 1012600.1)

Last updated on DECEMBER 21, 2015

Applies to:

Sun StorageTek L180 Tape Library - Version Not Applicable to Not Applicable [Release N/A]
Sun StorageTek L40 Tape Library - Version Not Applicable to Not Applicable [Release N/A]
Sun StorageTek SL500 Modular Library System - Version Not Applicable to Not Applicable [Release N/A]
LTO Tape Drive - Version Not Applicable to Not Applicable [Release N/A]
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Description
What does a "pass" refer to in the context of tape backup media?

Tape backup media are frequently listed as being "good for 1 million passes" however there is no definition of a "pass" supplied with the media. There have been occasions when a "pass" has been confused with the number of times that a piece of media has been mounted (loaded) in a tape drive. This document addresses that confusion.

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