Q
Problem solve Get help with specific problems with your technologies, process and projects.

The life expectancy of tapes

What is the life expectancy of tapes used on an IBM 3570 C01 Magstar.

1. Tapes used one a month
2. Tapes used once a year

Tapes are stored is a fire-rated safe.


There are many variables regarding tape retention, i.e., heat, humidity, cold, etc.... I have had direct experience with the 3570 and this is what I do:

I keep the tapes in active circulation for 18 months. Then I "retire" them to the scratch tape group that I use for ad hoc backups. Living in the Northeast, this seems to work well. You might want to check out the specs that IBM has to offer regarding the life expectancy of these tapes for your area.

==================================
MORE INFORMATION ON THIS TOPIC
==================================

The Best Web Links: tips, tutorials and more.

Ask your systems management questions--or help out your peers by answering them--in our live discussion forums.


Dig Deeper on Performance

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchDataCenter

Close