IBM LTO 6 - Issue With Cleaning Media (Doc ID 1586104.1)

Last updated on MAY 18, 2017

Applies to:

3rd-Party Hardware - Version Not Applicable to Not Applicable [Release N/A]
IBM LTO6 Tape Drive - Version All Versions and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

 LTO 6 Cleaning tapes become un-useable in IBM LTO 6 drives.

This issue is a Drive Only Issue with IBM Gen 6 Drives only with only Cleaning Tapes.
        *** Data tapes do not have this issue ***

Changes

IBM made a change to the Gen-6 drive regarding the Cleaning Tape Cartridge Memory management.
Loading a virgin cleaning tape into a Gen6 drive in a library will produce an unusable Cleaning Tape.
A cleaning tape in this condition will not be usable in any Generation IBM LTO.
IBM has indicated this will be fixed in a new version of drive code due out later this year.

Cause

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