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LTO Ultrium 9

The new LTO-9 generation tape cartridge has arrived


The new LTO-9 tape cartridge is from now on available!

  • After passing all necessary quality test the LTO consortium (IBM, HPE, Quantum) released the LTO-9 tape cartridge. Storing up to 18 TB native (45 TB assuming 2.5:1 compression), LTO-9 achieves a capacity 50 % better than LTO-8 (12 TB native / 30 TB compressed).

  • Execute faster restores with 400 MB/s native (1.000 MB/s compressed) transfer rate, 11 % better than LTO 8 (360 MB/s native / 900 MB/s compressed). You can store up to 3,6 TB/h of compressed data.


All former features since LTO-5 remain unchanged. LTO-5 through LTO-9 supports native tape device data encryption for enhanced data security – granted FIPS140-2 Level 1 certification, WORM (Write-Once, Read-Many) functionality and support for Linear Tape File System (LTFS). LTO-9 tape drives can read and write LTO-8 data cartridges.

LTO Ultrium formats are open standards. This means that data written on any certified LTO Ultrium tape drive can be interchanged directly with Ultrium tape drives from different vendors.

LTO-9 specification

LTO Ultrium 9 data cartridge at a glance

  • Media Type Linear serpentine recording half-inch cartridge
  • Data capacity 18 TB native | 45 TB mit 2.5:1 data compression
  • Cartridge models LTO-9 18 TB rewritable data cartridge | LTO-9 18 TB non-erasable, non-rewritable WORM cartridge

Tape characteristics

  • Total tape thickness 5.2 µ
  • Tape length 1035
  • Number of tracks 8960
  • Recording density 545 kbits/inch

Cartridge characterics

  • Cartridge size (L x B x T) 102.0 mm x 105.4 mm x 21.55 mm
  • Data Cartridge weight 285 g
  • Safety characteristics Toxicity: nonhazardous to human health in anticipated use | Flammability: self-extinguishing per UL94

Environmental recommendations

  • Allowable operating environment 15° C – 35° C; 20 % – 80 % RH; 22° C wet bulb maximum
  • Recommended operating environment 15° C – 25° C; 20 % – 50 % RH; 22° C wet bulb maximum
  • Allowable storage environment 15° C – 35° C; 20 % – 80 % RH; 22° C wet bulb maximum
  • Recommended storage environment 15° C – 25° C; 20 % – 50 % RH; 22° C wet bulb maximum
  • Archival Life recommended storage conditions 15° C – 25° C; 20 % – 80 % RH; 22° C wet bulb maximum
  • Archival Life 30 years
  • Cartridge disposal Classified as nonhazardous waste per EPA regulation 40CFR261; | Can be disposed of as normal office trash


LTO compatibility

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